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Title Romantic conventions / Anne K. Kaler and Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek, editors.

Published Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  809.385 ROMA    AVAILABLE
Physical description 195 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction: Conventions of the Romance Genre / Anne K. Kaler -- Archetypes and Stereotypes. The Good Provider in Romance Novels / Pamela Marks. From Bodice-Ripper to Baby-Sitter: The New Hero in Mass-Market Romance / Abby Zidle. "I Am Not a Bimbo": Persona, Promotion, and the Fabulous Fabio / Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek. This Is Not Your Mother's Cinderella: The Romance Novel as Feminist Fairy Tale / Jennifer Crusie Smith. Cavewoman Impulses: The Jungian Shadow Archetype in Popular Romantic Fiction / Amber Botts. Medieval Magic and Witchcraft in the Popular Romance Novel / Carol Ann Breslin -- Time and Place. Conventions of Captivity in Romance Novels / Anne K. Kaler. Time-Travel and Related Phenomena in Contemporary Popular Romance Fiction / Diane M. Calhoun-French -- Language and Love. Leading Us into Temptation: The Language of Sex and the Power of Love / Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek. Changing Ideologies in Romance Fiction / Dawn Heinecken.
Postmodern Identity (Crisis): Confessions of a Linguistic Historiographer and Romance Writer / Julie Tetel Andresen. Hero, Heroine, or HERA: A New Name for an Old Problem / Anne K. Kaler.
Summary "Romance novels have had a bad reputation as trashy, sex-filled fantasy escapes for frustrated housewives. But romances account for nearly half of the fictional paperbacks published. To analyze this phenomenon, the critics looked at the conventions or patterns which the romances use to tell their stories."--BOOK JACKET. "Looking at some conventions from a new angle, the essayists found that the power of the romance genre is its ability to gaze both backward to earlier histories and forms and forward into new experimental forms. How well each romance writer uses the conventions of her craft to make the old seem new provides the critics with material for their observations."--BOOK JACKET. "By inspecting the craft of romance writing, the essayists hope to encourage the increased appreciation of this popular art of storytelling."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Kaler, Anne K.
Johnson-Kurek, Rosemary E.
Subject Romance fiction -- History and criticism.
Love in literature.
ISBN 0879727772
0879727780 (paperback)