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Author Tsagaris, Ellen M.

Title The subversion of romance in the novels of Barbara Pym / Ellen M. Tsagaris.

Published Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  823.914 PYM    AVAILABLE
Physical description 188 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-180) and index.
Contents Introduction: "Something Very Barbara Pym" -- 1. The History and Definition of Romance Fiction -- 2. The Virtue of a Single Woman -- 3. The Excellent Cinderella -- 4. Romantic Appetites, or the Study of Men Embracing Women -- 5. Suitably Unsuitable Attachments -- 6. The Bittersweet Desserts of Excellent Women: What to Do When Mr. Rochester Has Left the Building -- 7. Trivia as a Full Life.
Summary This book seeks to explore how Barbara Pym subverts the discourse of the romance novel through her use of food, clothes, heroine and hero characterizations, and marriage customs. The text begins with a brief history of the romance novel and how that history relates to the writing of Barbara Pym. The discussion will compare Pym's writing techniques with those of romance writers, particularly those who write for the British publisher Mills and Boon, and Barbara Cartland. Through this and all of Pym's writings, there resounds the question, "Can single women of a certain age live a full life?" Through rewriting and subverting the romantic paradigm, Pym answers with a resounding, but heartfelt, "Yes!"
Subject Pym, Barbara -- Criticism and interpretation.
Mills & Boon (Firm)
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Man-woman relationships in literature.
Manners and customs in literature.
Middle-aged persons in literature.
Single women in literature.
Social norms in literature.
ISBN 0879727632 (cloth)
0879727640 (paperback)