9780812215229-0812215222-A Natural History of the Romance Novel

A Natural History of the Romance Novel

ISBN-13: 9780812215229
ISBN-10: 0812215222
Author: Regis, Pamela
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780812215229
ISBN-10: 0812215222
Author: Regis, Pamela
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Regis, Pamela wrote A Natural History of the Romance Novel comprising 240 pages back in 2007. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0812215222 and 9780812215229. Since then A Natural History of the Romance Novel textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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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.

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