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University of Newcastle

1. Rowe, Yvette Maree. Reading the self-help manual: Amazon.com customer reviews of dating and marriage manuals for heterosexual women.

Degree: PhD, 2010, University of Newcastle

Research Doctorate - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Self-help manuals are a much maligned genre: representations in popular culture and the media emphasise self-help authors’ commercial motivations and readers’ passivity while the academic literature from both the social and health sciences is also uniformly condemnatory. Feminist readings in particular construct popular psychology self-help manuals directed to heterosexual women as “dangerous” to women’s wellbeing because of the way that the manuals allegedly ignore social context and present problems as residing solely in the individual. This thesis reconsiders such assumptions about self-help manuals and their readers by analysing actual reader responses to a selection of contemporary dating and marriage manuals. It finds important differences between these responses and the preferred reading positions of the manuals: responses varying from resistance to compliance that complicate current critical constructions of these texts’ impact upon heterosexual women readers. The source of reader responses is Amazon.com customer reviews of the selected manuals, which are an underused resource of “lay” or non-professional reader responses. An adapted form of Judith Fetterley’s concept of the “resisting reader” is employed, along with a notion of resistance derived from Michel de Certeau’s theory of reading as everyday practice, to argue for a diversity of reader responses and uses of dating and marriage manuals. While the majority of readers construct readings that correspond to the manuals’ preferred reading positions, some readers construct critical or resistant readings in a manner that resembles the critical or resisting reader of canonical literature described by Fetterley. Furthermore, a small proportion of readers adopt Certeau-like “tactical” reading positions. A modified version of Kenneth J. Gergen’s theory of adapting to a postmodern sense of self, incorporating a poststructuralist understanding of textuality and subjectivity, helps explain how readers adopt different and sometimes simultaneous reading positions of a manual. It is suggested that the active reader approach, which minimises the conflating of actual and textual readers, tempers paternalistic concern about the malevolent effect of dating and marriage manuals directed to heterosexual women while also recognising the need for continued critique of such texts.

Advisors/Committee Members: University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education and Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science.

Subjects/Keywords: self-help manuals; dating manuals; marriage manuals; customer reviews; Amazon.com

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APA (6th Edition):

Rowe, Y. M. (2010). Reading the self-help manual: Amazon.com customer reviews of dating and marriage manuals for heterosexual women. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Newcastle. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/808012

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Rowe, Yvette Maree. “Reading the self-help manual: Amazon.com customer reviews of dating and marriage manuals for heterosexual women.” 2010. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Newcastle. Accessed November 14, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/808012.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Rowe, Yvette Maree. “Reading the self-help manual: Amazon.com customer reviews of dating and marriage manuals for heterosexual women.” 2010. Web. 14 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Rowe YM. Reading the self-help manual: Amazon.com customer reviews of dating and marriage manuals for heterosexual women. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Newcastle; 2010. [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/808012.

Council of Science Editors:

Rowe YM. Reading the self-help manual: Amazon.com customer reviews of dating and marriage manuals for heterosexual women. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Newcastle; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/808012


Oklahoma State University

2. Freeman, Staci Diane. Medicine and Morality: the Use of Rhetoric in Victorian Marriage and Child Rearing Manuals.

Degree: English Department, 2012, Oklahoma State University

During the Victorian era, many changes occurred due to industrialization and political upheaval. At a time when the young were moving away from parental supervision to large cities for employment opportunities, the Victorians feared a rift between the immoral youth and traditional family values and social roles. Religion and family's lack of effectiveness in policing morality led to a shift where the medical community became the new moral authority. One path for combating this supposed lapse in morality was the publication of sex, marriage, and child rearing manuals written to instruct the bourgeois and upper classes on matters of health, hygiene, and child management. These physician-authored manuals still argued for traditional, often repressive, social and familial roles, from a biological standpoint. An analysis of eight physician-authored manuals led to the discovery of several rhetorical devices used to shape this new discourse form, including the confessional, plain language, and nature metaphors. Positioned to persuade the reader as to the physicians' credibility and to create truth, these rhetorical staples invoked pathos, differentiated between the sexes and social classes, and reinforced gender norms – all to reinforce the previously determined roles of men and women within the marriage and society. While the rhetoric did reinforce these normative roles, these norms were not necessarily repressive to the Victorian citizens, but instead granted a certain amount of freedom for the bourgeois class. Advisors/Committee Members: Brooks, Ron (advisor), Cheng, An (committee member), Damron, Rebecca (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: gender; marriage manuals; normative; repressive; rhetoric; victorian era

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APA (6th Edition):

Freeman, S. D. (2012). Medicine and Morality: the Use of Rhetoric in Victorian Marriage and Child Rearing Manuals. (Thesis). Oklahoma State University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11244/9513

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Freeman, Staci Diane. “Medicine and Morality: the Use of Rhetoric in Victorian Marriage and Child Rearing Manuals.” 2012. Thesis, Oklahoma State University. Accessed November 14, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/11244/9513.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Freeman, Staci Diane. “Medicine and Morality: the Use of Rhetoric in Victorian Marriage and Child Rearing Manuals.” 2012. Web. 14 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Freeman SD. Medicine and Morality: the Use of Rhetoric in Victorian Marriage and Child Rearing Manuals. [Internet] [Thesis]. Oklahoma State University; 2012. [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11244/9513.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Freeman SD. Medicine and Morality: the Use of Rhetoric in Victorian Marriage and Child Rearing Manuals. [Thesis]. Oklahoma State University; 2012. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11244/9513

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

3. Badgwell, Nancy Elaine Shelby. Sexual enrichment program effectiveness with normal couples.

Degree: 1982, Texas Woman's University

Subjects/Keywords: Sexual intercourse  – Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Sex instruction; Marriage  – Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Sex  – Handbooks, manuals, etc.

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APA (6th Edition):

Badgwell, N. E. S. (1982). Sexual enrichment program effectiveness with normal couples. (Thesis). Texas Woman's University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11274/8049

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Badgwell, Nancy Elaine Shelby. “Sexual enrichment program effectiveness with normal couples.” 1982. Thesis, Texas Woman's University. Accessed November 14, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/11274/8049.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Badgwell, Nancy Elaine Shelby. “Sexual enrichment program effectiveness with normal couples.” 1982. Web. 14 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Badgwell NES. Sexual enrichment program effectiveness with normal couples. [Internet] [Thesis]. Texas Woman's University; 1982. [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11274/8049.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Badgwell NES. Sexual enrichment program effectiveness with normal couples. [Thesis]. Texas Woman's University; 1982. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11274/8049

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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