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The Resource A natural history of the romance novel, Pamela Regis

A natural history of the romance novel, Pamela Regis

Label
A natural history of the romance novel
Title
A natural history of the romance novel
Statement of responsibility
Pamela Regis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The romance novel has the strange honor of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres. While it remains consistently dominant in bookstores and on best-seller lists, it is also widely dismissed by the critical community. These scholars tend to regard readers, who are largely women, as passive consumers easily manipulated by romances, attributing the genre's overwhelming appeal to inadequacies and weaknesses in the readers themselves. In A Natural History of the Romance Novel, Pamela Regis argues that such critical studies fail to take into consideration the personal choice of readers, offer any true definition of the romance novel, or discuss the nature and scope of the genre. Presenting the counterclaim that the romance novel does not repress women but, on the contrary, is about celebrating freedom and joy, Regis offers a definition that provides critics with an expanded vocabulary for discussing a genre that is both classic and contemporary, sexy and entertaining." "Regis asserts that the popular romance novel is a very old, stable form, properly defined as a work of prose fiction that tells the story of the courtship and betrothal of one or more heroines. Arguing that the ending in marriage found so objectionable by critics is hardly the sole governing element, Regis brings to the forefront other, more significant narrative components, such as the reform of a corrupt society and the breakdown of the barrier between hero and heroine. She traces the literary history of the romance novel from canonical works such as Richardson's Pamela through Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Bronte's Jane Eyre, Trollope's Framley Parsonage, and Forster's Room with a View, then turns to the twentieth century to examine works such as E.M. Hull's The Sheik and the novels of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Janet Dailey, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts. Situating each novel in its own time while interpreting it through the critical vocabulary she proposes, Regis specifies how romance conventions change yet retain the essential formal requirements of the genre."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Regis, Pamela
Dewey number
823/.08509
Index
index present
LC call number
PR830.L69
LC item number
R445 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Romance fiction, English
  • Romance fiction, American
  • Popular literature
Label
A natural history of the romance novel, Pamela Regis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [209]-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Critics and the romance novel. The romance novel and women's bondage -- In defense of the romance novel -- The romance novel defined. The definition -- The definition expanded -- The genre's limits -- The romance novel, I740-1908. Writing the romance novel's history -- The first best seller: Pamela, 1740 -- The best romance novel ever written : Pride and prejudice, 1813 -- Freedom and Rochester : Jane Eyre, 1847 -- The romance form in the Victorian multiplot novel : Framley Parsonage, 1861 -- The ideal romance novel : A room with a view, 1908 -- The twentieth-century romance novel. The popular romance novel in the twentieth century -- Civil contracts : Georgette Heyer -- Courtship and suspense : Mary Stewart -- Harlequin, Silhouette, and the Americanization of the popular romance novel : Janet Dailey -- Dangerous men : Jayne Ann Krentz -- One man, one woman : Nora Roberts
Control code
51389245
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 224 pages
Isbn
9780812233032
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002045412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
A natural history of the romance novel, Pamela Regis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [209]-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Critics and the romance novel. The romance novel and women's bondage -- In defense of the romance novel -- The romance novel defined. The definition -- The definition expanded -- The genre's limits -- The romance novel, I740-1908. Writing the romance novel's history -- The first best seller: Pamela, 1740 -- The best romance novel ever written : Pride and prejudice, 1813 -- Freedom and Rochester : Jane Eyre, 1847 -- The romance form in the Victorian multiplot novel : Framley Parsonage, 1861 -- The ideal romance novel : A room with a view, 1908 -- The twentieth-century romance novel. The popular romance novel in the twentieth century -- Civil contracts : Georgette Heyer -- Courtship and suspense : Mary Stewart -- Harlequin, Silhouette, and the Americanization of the popular romance novel : Janet Dailey -- Dangerous men : Jayne Ann Krentz -- One man, one woman : Nora Roberts
Control code
51389245
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 224 pages
Isbn
9780812233032
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002045412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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