A Natural History of the Romance Novel

The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres.

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Author: Pamela Regis

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812203100

Category: Literary Criticism

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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's Pamela through Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Brontë's Jane Eyre, and E. M. Hull's The 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.

Romantic Conventions

Traditionally, romance novels have a reputation as being no more than trashy, sex-filled fantasy escapes for frustrated housewives.

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Author: Anne K. Kaler

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879727780

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 195

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Traditionally, romance novels have a reputation as being no more than trashy, sex-filled fantasy escapes for frustrated housewives. But books in this genre account for nearly half of the paperbacks published. Contributors examine the patterns used by the romance authors to tell their stories.

The Romance of Victorian Natural History

Arguing for natural history as an influential literary genre, Merrill examines the language and recurrent motifs in Victorian and some American natural history texts-- metaphors of keen vision, preoccupation with scale, and motifs of ...

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Author: Lynn L. Merrill

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UCAL:B4280329

Category: English prose literature

Page: 288

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The nineteenth century is frequently referred to as the golden age of the amateur naturalist. This study focuses on how the enthusiasm for natural history in the 19th century produced characteristic ways of conceptualizing and visualizing the world--especially the Victorian fascination with particulars-- as frequently seen in Victorian poetry, fiction, history, and textual studies. Arguing for natural history as an influential literary genre, Merrill examines the language and recurrent motifs in Victorian and some American natural history texts-- metaphors of keen vision, preoccupation with scale, and motifs of microscopes, museums, and collecting--and surveys the works of Philip Henry Gosse, Charles Kingsley, Hugh Miller, and John Burroughs.

Passion s Fortune

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Author: Joseph McAleer

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198204558

Category: History

Page: 322

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This is the first history of Mills & Boon. McAleer examines the relationship between editorial policy, morality and sales. He also examines the Mills & Boon formula and demonstrates how these novels were tailored to ensure the highest sales.

The Merchants of Venus

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Author: Paul Grescoe

Publisher: Raincoast Books

ISBN: 155192112X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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For Love and Money

The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen's novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. " “Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon ...

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Author: Laura Vivanco

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 9781847601964

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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Laura Vivanco's study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen's novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. " “Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre” —Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. “Deep learning, wide reading, and clear thinking are very much in evidence in Vivanco’s exploration of HM&B. A welcome addition to popular romance criticism.” — Professor Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel. "Laura Vivanco’s analysis of the category romance is both meticulous and inspiring. And while Vivanco limits her examples and discussions to category romances by Harlequin Mills & Boon and the HQN imprint, her application of Frye’s mimetic modes begs for expansion to texts and authors across the genre. This piece of literary criticism should serve as a template for romance scholars to move from defending the genre to discussing its values and complexity as a literary art. — Maryan Wherry, Journal of Popular Romance Studies

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction

To excavate forgotten romance novels, you first must know what you are looking
for, what exactly you mean by “romance novel.” I rely on my own definition, first
offered in A Natural History of the Romance Novel, which has gained
considerable ...

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Author: Jayashree Kamblé

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317041948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 566

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Popular romance fiction constitutes the largest segment of the global book market. Bringing together an international group of scholars, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction offers a ground-breaking exploration of this global genre and its remarkable readership. In recognition of the diversity of the form, the Companion provides a history of the genre, an overview of disciplinary approaches to studying romance fiction, and critical analyses of important subgenres, themes, and topics. It also highlights new and understudied avenues of inquiry for future research in this vibrant and still-emerging field. The first systematic, comprehensive resource on romance fiction, this Companion will be invaluable to students and scholars, and accessible to romance readers.

Georgette Heyer

A compilation of several of Heyer's short stories and essays not published before in the U.S.; book reviews, articles, and excerpts discussing her works; movie and theater reviews of productions based on her fiction; and a bibliography of ...

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Author: Mary Fahnestock-Thomas

Publisher: Prinnyworld Press

ISBN: 0966800532

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

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A compilation of several of Heyer's short stories and essays not published before in the U.S.; book reviews, articles, and excerpts discussing her works; movie and theater reviews of productions based on her fiction; and a bibliography of her books.

An Imperialist Love Story

Routledge, 2008), 5, 11, 28; Pamela Regis, A Natural History of the Romance
Novel (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003); Juliet Flesch, From
Australia with Love: A History of Modern Australian Popular Romance Novels ...

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Author: Amira Jarmakani

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479810659

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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A curious figure stalks the pages of a distinct subset of mass-market romance novels, aptly called “desert romances.” Animalistic yet sensitive, dark and attractive, the desert prince or sheikh emanates manliness and raw, sexual power. In the years since September 11, 2001, the sheikh character has steadily risen in popularity in romance novels, even while depictions of Arab masculinity as backward and violent in nature have dominated the cultural landscape. An Imperialist Love Story contributes to the broader conversation about the legacy of orientalist representations of Arabs in Western popular culture. Combining close readings of novels, discursive analysis of blogs and forums, and interviews with authors, Jarmakani explores popular investments in the war on terror by examining the collisions between fantasy and reality in desert romances. Focusing on issues of security, freedom, and liberal multiculturalism, she foregrounds the role that desire plays in contemporary formations of U.S. imperialism. Drawing on transnational feminist theory and cultural studies, An Imperialist Love Story offers a radical reinterpretation of the war on terror, demonstrating romance to be a powerful framework for understanding how it works, and how it perseveres.

You are what You Eat

Comfort Me With Apples : More Adventures at the Table . New York : Random
House . Regis , Pamela . 2003 . A Natural History of the Romance Novel .
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press . 30 . Ibid . , 31 . 10 Ibid . , 31 . "
Hesser .

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Author: Annette M. Magid

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131741683

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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A collection of essays immersed in the culture of food, expanded across genres, disciplines, and time. It addresses a range of interests appealing to diverse audiences, expanding from college students to food enthusiasts and scholars.

Symbiosis

A Natural History of the Romance Novel . Philadelphia : University of
Pennsylvania Press , 2003 . 248pp . Hb . $ 24 . 95 / £17 . 50 . ISBN 0 - 8122 -
3303 - 4 . Several literary scholars have called for an end to the exchange of
arguments either ...

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ISBN: IND:30000111206839

Category: American literature

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The Death of Comedy

With fitting wit, profound erudition lightly worn, and instructive examples from the mildly amusing to the uproarious, his book fully illustrates comedy's glorious life cycle from its first breath to its death in the Theater of the Absurd.

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Author: Erich Segal

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674043413

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 607

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In a grand tour of comic theater over the centuries, Erich Segal traces the evolution of the classical form from its early origins in a misogynistic quip by the sixth-century B.C. Susarion, through countless weddings and happy endings, to the exasperated monosyllables of Samuel Beckett. With fitting wit, profound erudition lightly worn, and instructive examples from the mildly amusing to the uproarious, his book fully illustrates comedy's glorious life cycle from its first breath to its death in the Theater of the Absurd.

Circle of Friends as Novel and Film Version

Cawelti, Adventure, Mystery, and Romance. 5-8.; Zimmermann, Trivialliteratur?
SchemaLiteratur! 70-83.; Regis, A natural history of the romance novel. 27-45.
14For the previous passage cf. Barbara Korte, Techniken der Schlussgebung im
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Author: Michaela Kertesz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640746637

Category:

Page: 56

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,3, University of Regensburg (Anglistik), course: Hauptseminar: Modern Romance, language: English, abstract: And they all lived happily ever after... This is the typical ending of a romance novel. Why does it always have to be a happy end? What happens to the story if it does not end this way and how does the reader react? These are central questions I want to examine in this paper. Therefore I will look at Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends and the film version of the novel. My first step is to investigate the general structure of typical romances and the special meaning of the ending for a novel. Afterwards, with focus on the ending, I want to show how Circle of Friends deviates from these conventions. For this purpose I will also look in greater detail at the heroine in the novel. Another central question of my paper is why women read romance novels and how readers are influenced by an unusual ending of a book. In my last point I want to compare the ending of the novel Circle of Friends with the one of the film. All in all, this paper should illustrate that Circle of Friends is a special kind of romance which influences our reception of the story.

Senior High Core Collection

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short stories of Ernest Hemingway ; the Finca Vigía edition p335 - 41 SC A
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Author: Raymond W. Barber

Publisher: Hw Wilson Company

ISBN: UOM:39015066256606

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1456

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- More than 6,500 books in the initial clothbound volume, plus more than 2,400 new titles in four annual supplements. - New coverage of biographies, art, sports, Islam and the Middle East, and cultural diversity. - Special focus on graphic novels, primary source materials, nonbook materials, and periodicals. - Analytic entries for items in collections and anthologies.

THE WILTSHIRE Archeological and Natural History MAGAZINE

I will therefore briefly touch upon a few points in the story , just to shew the
difference between the current belief and the real facts . My proofs are ... Owing to
the confusion of romance and history the real facts are scarcely distinct . I have
been ...

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The Eighteenth Century Novel

9 percent of all the paperbacks sold in North America are romance novels , and
100 countries are big markets for them . ... and Pamela Regis , A Natural History
of the Romance Novel ( Philadelphia : Univ . of Pennsylvania Press , 2003 ) . 32 .

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Author: Susan Spencer

Publisher: Ams PressInc

ISBN: 0404646565

Category: History

Page: 645

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Research into the eighteenth-century novel remains lively and engaged. The second volume...has been edited with great dedication by Albert Rivero.... It] contains outstanding essays.... Some of the best essays explore historical aspects of the texts to throw new light on their fictional economies.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

In fact , privacy was often A Natural History of the Romance Novel , suspect and
seen as a threat to the public by Pamela ... 24.95 writing style combine to create a
book both Since critical books about romance novels profound and readable .

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ISBN: UCSD:31822033622663

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Modernism and the Women s Popular Romance in Britain 1885 1925

Pamela Regis , A Natural History of the Romance Novel ( Philadelphia :
University of Pennsylvania Press , 2003 ) , 14 . 11. Maria DiBattista and Lucy
McDiarmid , eds . , High and Low Moderns : Literature and Culture , 1889 1939 (
New York ...

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Author: Martin Hipsky

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D03225085I

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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Today's mass-market romances have their precursors in late Victorian popular novels written by and for women. In Modernism and the Women's Popular Romance Martin Hipsky scrutinizes some of the best-selling British fiction from the period 1885 to 1925, the era when romances, especially those by British women, were sold and read more widely than ever before or since. Hipsky puts popular romances by Mrs. Humphry Ward, Marie Corelli, the Baroness Orczy, Florence Barclay, Elinor Glyn, Victoria Cross, Ethel Dell, and E. M. Hull into direct relationship with the fiction of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and D. H. Lawrence, among other modernist greats.

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ISBN: MINN:31951P00817362K

Category: Philology, Modern

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