Thrill of the Chaste comments 2/x
Weaver-Zercher considers that Amish fiction is an outlet where readers fear they can escape hypermodernity —all the speed and pressure they feel under modern capitalism—and also hypersexualization, particularly evangelicals but anyone who feels perhaps refreshed by things being sexually simple (as it’s perceived...obviously farming can have lots of pressures as can sexuality in not-mainstream-US situations)
Thrill of the Chaste comments 3/x
She isn’t going to ask if the novels are “good” (while noting that even while doing research she behaved furtively about reading them in public, despite feeling angry for a writer of Amish fic who gets put down by family). She’s also not going to ask if they’re true to Amish life (though with her background she could)
More interested in what role they play in the lives of their readers. Ideologies they espouse. Under wha conditions are they written?
Thrill of the Chaste comments 5/x (Amish comment re capitalism you won’t want to miss)
“Kline has opinions about everything from late capitalism to what he calls evangelicalism’s ‘Western industrial plan of salvation’” 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
This guy went from more to less liberal Amish because he felt it was getting less communitarian and too individualistic in salvation narratives. tbh a lot of us can learn from Amish communities. Anabaptists totally do mutual aid.
Thrill of the Chaste comments 7/x
The author met with the former director of Herald Press, who shut down their very small Amish fiction line before it had become a popular genre. But he says the press’s mission is “to equip the church to experience and share the gospel of Jesus Christ from an Anabaptist perspective.”👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Related, I want to get their new book Plantation Jesus.
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