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Romance fiction and American culture : love as the practice of freedom?

Author: William A Gleason; Eric Murphy Selinger
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England : Ashgate Publishing Limited ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Publishing Company, [2016] ©2016
Series: Food matters (Core Library (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Gleason; Eric Murphy Selinger
ISBN: 9781472431523 1472431529 9781472431530 1472431537 9781624038648 1624038646
OCLC Number: 920966550
Description: xvi, 437 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Love as the practice of freedom? / Eric Murphy Selinger and William A. Gleason --
Part I. Popular romance and American history. 1. Pamela crosses the Atlantic; or, Pamela Andrews's story inaugurates the American romance novel / Pamela Regis ; 2. "He filled my heart with doubt" : the Southern belle's love and duty in the Civil War / Amelia Serafine ; 3. Postbellum, pre-Harlequin : American romance publishing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century / William A. Gleason ; 4. "I'm not the only lesbian who wears a skirt" : lesbian romance fiction and identity in post-World War II America / Elizabeth Matelski ; 5. Strange stirrings, strange yearnings : The flame and the flower, Sweet savage love, and the lost diversities of blockbuster historical romance / Sarah Frantz Lyons and Eric Murphy Selinger ; 6. Scripting Black love in the 1990s : pleasure, respectability, and responsibility in the era of HIV/AIDS / Julie E. Moody-Freeman --
Part II. Romance and race. 7. Kara Walker : American romance in black and white / Rebecca Peabody ; 8. Love prevailed despite what American history said : agape and eros in Beverly Jenkins's Night song and Through the storm / Rita B. Dandridge ; 9. Flipping the script : romancing Zane's urban erotica / Consuela Francis ; 10. Orientalism, freedom, and feminism in popular romance culture / Hsu-Ming Teo ; 11. Saving China : the transformative power of whiteness in Elizabeth Lowell's Jade island and Katherine Stone's Pearl moon / Erin S. Young --
Part III. Art and commerce. 12. Henry James's "The velvet glove" and the iron fist : transatlantic cultural exchange and the romance tradition / June Hee Chung ; 13. Branding a genre : a brief transatlantic history of romance novel cover art / Jayashree Kamblé ; 14. Love the market : discourses of passion and professionalism in romance writing communities / Jessica Taylor ; 15. When I paint my masterpiece : Bob Dylan, ekphrasis, and the art of Susan Elizabeth Phillips / Eric Murphy Selinger --
Part IV. Happy endings. 16. "Jesus loves your girl more than you do" : marriage as triangle in evangelical romance and Puritan narratives / Lisa M. Gordis ; 17. Christian romance novels : inspiring convention and challenge / Rebecca Barrett-Fox ; 18. Love as the practice of bondage : popular romance narratives and the conundrum of erotic love / Catherine M. Roach ; 19. Queer romance in twentieth- and twenty-first-century America : snapshots of a revolution / Len Barot ; 20. Having it both ways; or, Writing from the third perspective : the revolutionary M/M/F ménage romance novel / Ann Herendeen.
Series Title: Food matters (Core Library (Firm))
Responsibility: edited by William A. Gleason (Princeton University, USA) and Eric Murphy Selinger (DePaul University, USA).

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