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Master of Arts
Max Yela, Joe Austin
Library Instruction, Mass Media, Nursing History, Popular Fiction, Primary Source Literacy Instruction, Romance Novels
This thesis seeks to promote future collection and preservation of popular culture resources at academic libraries by demonstrating the research potential and instructional value of a particular collection—the Nurse Romance Novel collection, held by the UWM Special Collections department. The study examines the history of American nursing and the history of romance fiction, raising questions about the role mass media and popular culture played in the professionalization of nursing and in the construction of dominant ideologies about gender roles in twentieth century America. This study treats romance novels as both consumer goods and as narratives, analyzing not only their literary content but also contextualizing their production, consumption, and aesthetic conventions within the historical time period of the 1940s to 1970s. Romance fiction about nurses offers one lens through which scholars can investigate how mass media participated in society's debates about women, work, care giving, domesticity, and marriage.
Stollenwerk, Katie Elisabeth, "“I’m a Nurse, Not a Woman”: The Historical Significance of the UWM Nurse Romance Novel Collection" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2603.
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