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The Resource Natural History of the Romance Novel

Natural History of the Romance Novel

Label
Natural History of the Romance Novel
Title
Natural History of the Romance Novel
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Member of
Cataloging source
IDEBK
Dewey number
823.085
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR830
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Romance fiction, English
  • Romance fiction, American
  • Popular literature
  • Popular literature
  • Romance fiction, American
  • Romance fiction, English
  • English-speaking countries
Summary expansion
The romance novel has the strange distinction 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. Scholars have alleged that romance novels help create subservient readers, who are largely women, by confining heroines to stories that ignore issues other than love and marriage.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 enslave 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.Taking the stance that the popular romance novel is a work of literature with a brilliant pedigree, Regis asserts that it is also a very old, stable form. She traces the literary history of the romance novel from canonical works such as Richardson'sPamelathrough Austen'sPride and Prejudice, Brontë'sJane Eyre, and E. M. Hull'sThe Sheik, and then turns to more contemporary works such as the novels of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Janet Dailey, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts
Label
Natural History of the Romance Novel
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Critics and the romance novel -- pt. 2. The romance novel defined -- pt. 3. The romance novel, 1740-1908 -- pt. 4. The twentieth-century romance novel
Control code
824104172
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (240 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283211949
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824104172
Label
Natural History of the Romance Novel
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Critics and the romance novel -- pt. 2. The romance novel defined -- pt. 3. The romance novel, 1740-1908 -- pt. 4. The twentieth-century romance novel
Control code
824104172
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (240 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283211949
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824104172

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