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Romance Fiction and American Culture
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Romance Fiction and American Culture

Love as the Practice of Freedom?
William A. Gleason, Eric Murphy Selinger
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Romance Fiction and American Culture

Love as the Practice of Freedom?
William A. Gleason, Eric Murphy Selinger
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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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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2017
ISBN
9781134806287
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
Literary Criticism for Comparative Literature
Edition
1

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