Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom?

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Dr Eric Murphy Selinger, Dr William A Gleason
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 400 pages

Since the 1970s, romance novels have surpassed all other genres in terms of popularity in the United States, accounting for half of all mass market paperbacks sold and driving the digital publishing revolution. Romance Fiction and American Culture brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and publishing to explore American romance fiction from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first century. Essays on interracial, inspirational, and LGBTQ romance attend to the diversity of the genre, while new areas of inquiry are suggested in contextual and interdisciplinary examinations of romance authorship, readership, and publishing history, of pleasure and respectability in African American romance fiction, and of the dynamic tension between the genre and second wave feminism. As it situates romance fiction among other instances of American love culture, from Civil War diaries to Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, Romance Fiction and American Culture confirms the complexity and enduring importance of this most contested of genres.


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Love as the Practice of Freedom?
Pamela Crosses the Atlantic or Pamela Andrewss Story
The Southern Belles Love
American Romance Publishing
George Munros Sons c 1898 Authors
Romance Fiction and Identity in PostWorld War II America
The Flame and
Orientalism Freedom and Feminism in Popular Romance
The Transformative Power of Whiteness
A Brief Transatlantic History of Romance
Mills Boon 1914
1966 paperback
Discourses of Passion and Professionalism
Bob Dylan Ekphrasis and
Marriage as Triangle

Pleasure Respectability
American Romance in Black and White
Strick and written by Jean Genet play and Ben Maddow
Romancing Zanes Urban Erotica
Inspiring Convention and Challenge
Popular Romance Narratives
Queer Romance in Twentieth and TwentyFirstCentury

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William A. Gleason is Professor of English at Princeton University, USA, and Eric Murphy Selinger is Professor of English at DePaul University, USA.

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