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Rapture CultureLeft Behind in Evangelical America$
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Amy Johnson Frykholm

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195159837.001.0001

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“I'm a Survivor and He's a Survivor”

“I'm a Survivor and He's a Survivor”

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Rapture Culture

Amy Johnson Frykholm

Oxford University Press

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

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