New PDF release: A Natural History of the Romance Novel

By Pamela Regis

ISBN-10: 0812215222

ISBN-13: 9780812215229

ISBN-10: 0812233034

ISBN-13: 9780812233032

The romance novel has the unusual contrast of being the most well-liked yet least revered of literary genres. whereas it continues to be continually dominant in bookstores and on best-seller lists, it's also generally pushed aside through the severe neighborhood. students have alleged that romance novels support create subservient readers, who're principally ladies, via confining heroines to tales that forget about matters except love and marriage.

Pamela Regis argues that such serious stories fail to take into account the private number of readers, provide any precise definition of the romance novel, or talk about the character and scope of the style. offering the counterclaim that the romance novel doesn't enslave ladies yet, to the contrary, is ready celebrating freedom and pleasure, Regis deals a definition that offers critics with an multiplied vocabulary for discussing a style that's either vintage and modern, horny and entertaining.

Taking the stance that the preferred romance novel is a piece of literature with a super pedigree, Regis asserts that it's also a truly outdated, solid shape. She strains the literary historical past of the romance novel from canonical works comparable to Richardson's Pamela via Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Brontë's Jane Eyre, and E. M. Hull's The Sheik, after which turns to extra modern works corresponding to the novels of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Janet Dailey, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts.

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