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The Consummate Virgin

Female Virginity Loss and Love in Anglophone Popular Literatures

Authors: McAlister, Jodi

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  • Focuses on popular fictions authored by women
  • Offers an exciting and relatively new source for understanding sexual history
  • Contributes to the nascent field of scholarship on popular romance fiction, a much-maligned genre
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About this book

This book is a study of female virginity loss and its representations in popular Anglophone literatures. It explores dominant cultural narratives around what makes a “good” female virginity loss experience by examining two key forms of popular literature: autobiographical virginity loss stories and popular romance fiction. In particular, this book focuses on how female sexual desire and romantic love have become entangled in the contemporary cultural imagination, leading to the emergence of a dominant paradigm which dictates that for women, sexual desire and love are and should be intrinsically linked together: something which has greatly affected cultural scripts for virginity loss. This book examines the ways in which this paradigm has been negotiated, upheld, subverted, and resisted in depictions of virginity loss in popular literatures, unpacking the romanticisation of the idea of “the right one” and “the right time”.

About the authors

Dr Jodi McAlister is a Lecturer in Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has published extensively on romantic love in popular culture. She is also an author; her young adult paranormal romance novels include Valentine (2017), Ironheart (2018), and Misrule (2019).


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'This lively and clever book gave me a new concept: “compulsory demisexuality” as the governing law of romance for female sexual behavior.  Making brilliant and original use of virginity loss confessionals and romance novels, McAlister crafts a highly readable interdisciplinary tour-de-force, of equal relevance to cultural studies, history, and literary studies and mandatory insightful reading for the fast-growing field of critical love/popular romance studies.'

— Professor Catherine M. Roach, New College, The University of Alabama, USA, and author of Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (2016)


The Consummate Virgin is that rare thing in academic scholarship – a book that is not only intellectually vigorous, but also hugely accessible and well-written. A talented and empathetic writer, McAlister’s text serves as both an important contribution to the field, and a great introduction to anyone thinking about the construction of virginity for the first time. Written with both passion and compassion, this is a must-read for anyone interested in better understanding how we frame sex and love in our turbulent times.'    

- Dr Lucy Neville, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Leicester, UK, author of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (2018)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-55004-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-55003-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Consummate Virgin
Book Subtitle
Female Virginity Loss and Love in Anglophone Popular Literatures
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55004-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55004-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55003-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 283
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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