“I'm a Survivor and He's a Survivor”

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159837
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835614 | DOI:
 “I'm a Survivor and He's a Survivor”

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This chapter trains its attention on the role that gender plays in how readers interact with Left Behind. It begins with female readers’ denial that gender is important to their reading of the books and their resistance to single out gender for discussion. Male and female readers identified with the stronger, male characters in the books and sought to learn from them how to live in the midst of strife. The chapter continues with a look at the history of gender in dispensationalism and the complex roles that it has played. The chapter concludes that gender has a relevance when it comes to the dispensationalist narrative. It shapes and informs that narrative, but readers themselves emphasize spiritual strength and personal devotion over the policing of gender.

Keywords: Left Behind; Gender; Dispensationalism; Evangelicalism; Rapture narrative

Chapter.  7176 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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