Critical Essays on «The Real Housewives»
Edited By Rachel E. Silverman
This book has, in many ways, been a long time coming. Two years ago, when I put out a Call for Papers soliciting chapters, I also included a post on Facebook. There, a friend and Masters Degree colleague, Kristin Murray commented, “Rachel, if I had a crystal ball ten years ago this would have been the perfect sentence predicting your future! How fun.” So in ways, the book is at least ten years in the making—but probably longer than that. Like Janice Radway and Bonnie Dow, my love of romance novels began early and held strong for many years. And like Andy Cohen, I too had a penchant for soap operas at a young age, General Hospital to be exact. Many afternoons were spent glued to the television with my sister Barbara and my neighbor and friend Ariella watching Duke and Anna, Luke and Laura, Felicia and Frisco, and the whole Quartermaine clan. This book would not be possible if it had not been the feminist scholars before me who have paved the way for scholarship such as this to exist, and this book would not be possible if my parents hadn’t trusted me to read and watch what I wanted.
The more recent stages of this book are due in a large part to my colleagues in the department of Humanities and Communication at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Without Sarah Fogle’s inspiration, encouragement, and support, this collection would not exist. Her seemingly simple suggestion,...
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