Thank you for visiting the American Women’s Dime Novel Project. This web site grew out my research for my dissertation entitled “All For Love: Gender and Class and the Woman’s Dime Novel in Nineteenth-Century America” which examines the genre of women’s dime novel writing and its role in changing gender and class formations.
While other forms of nineteenth-century women’s writing have been the focus of extensive scholarship and have developed a strong presence on the web, it became clear to me that dime novels have not received the attention they deserve. This genre, once enormously popular with its readers, has been neglected for most of its history by scholars, collectors, and libraries. It suffers from the double burden of being both popular and written for working-class women.
This project hopes to overcome the history of oversight to both the form and its readers by providing information about the novels themselves, the authors, the readers, and nineteenth century public reaction.
If you have materials you would like to contribute or additional information about women’s dime novels that would enhance this project, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks again for your interest.
Felicia L. Carr, Ph.D.
Felicia L. Carr
Cultural Studies Program
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030