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Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology

Jayashree Kamblé
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781137395047, 1137395044
Summary
"The book examines mass-market romance fiction in the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. through four elements that undergird its functioning: capitalism, war, heterosexuality, and white Protestantism. Adopting Michel Foucault's idea of the "episteme, " it argues that romance novels are a quintessentially twentieth and twenty-first century genre and rooted in the real world conditions (episteme) that correspond to the four elements above. As such, romance fiction provides a prismatic look at the struggles around globalization, "democratic" armed aggression, heteropatriarchy, and historically Protestant values, particularly as understood by the genre's readers and authors. This approach casts a fresh light on a genre that has hitherto been understood only in terms of structuralist paradigms or reader-response ethnographies" --
Contents
  • Introduction: what does it mean to say "romance novel"?
  • Capitalism: money and means in romance novels
  • War: patriotism and the traumatized romance novel hero
  • Heterosexuality: negotiating normative romance novel desire
  • White protestantism: race and religious ethos in romance novels
  • Conclusion: the next chapter for romance novels.
Description
xv, 191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-183) and index.
Technical Details
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