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Historical romance fiction : heterosexuality and perfomativity

Author: Lisa Fletcher
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first book-length study of romance novels to focus on issues of sexuality rather than gender, Historical Romance Fiction moves the ongoing debate about the value and appeal of heterosexual romance onto new ground, testing the claims of critical theorists on everything from popular classics by Georgette Heyer, to recent 'bodice rippers', to historical fiction by John Fowles and A.S. Byatt."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Englisch
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Fletcher
ISBN: 9780754662020 0754662020
OCLC Number: 123079051
Description: 177 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Defining the genre --
Romance, history, heterosexuality --
"I love you" : the romantic speech act --
Popular historical romance fiction : cross-dressing novels --
Speech acts and costumes : Georgette Heyer --
Performativity and heterosexuality : Judith Bulter and the cross-dressed heroine 1980-2005 --
Literary historical romance fiction : Victorian romances --
"Who is Sarah?" : history and heterosexuality in John Fowles's The French lieutenant's woman --
"Shame on you" : affective speech acts in The French lieutenant's woman --
Performatives and narratives : A.S. Byatt's Possession : a romance.
Responsibility: Lisa Fletcher.
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Based on a range of romantic texts, this book defines historical romance as a fictional mode dependent on the force and familiarity of the speech act, 'I love you'. It provides a detailed account of  Read more...

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