The Myth of Superwoman : Women's Bestsellers in France and the United States  

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The Myth of Superwoman : Women's Bestsellers in France and the United States (1990) is a book by Resa L. Dudovitz which examens the nature and history of women's bestsellers in France and the United States. The book features an introduction to the concept of bestsellers, detailing the difference between bestseller lists in the United States (New York Times list) and France (Bernard Pivot with Apostrophe (who reminischent of Daniel Auteuil in Caché)).

One of the basic tenets of the book is that women played an important part in the professionalization of fiction of the 19th century.

Commonly held belief: "the commercial success of a book is usually its strongest indictment against literary quality" --page 20

Nina Baym: as late as 1977 "the American canon did not include any women-novelists." --page 20

Definitions of the bestseller

  • Defined by bestseller lists
  • Bestseller: number of readership
  • Bestseller: A genre?




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