A natural history of the romance novel / Pamela Regis

Author(s): Regis, Pamela
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Subjects: Love stories, English--History and criticism
Love stories, American--History and criticism
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2003
LC Classification: P, PR
Table of Contents: Preface: The Most Popular, Least Respected Literary Genre
Pt. I. Critics and the Romance Novel
1. The Romance Novel and Women's Bondage 3
2. In Defense of the Romance Novel 9
Pt. II. The Romance Novel Defined
3. The Definition 19
4. The Definition Expanded 27
5. The Genre's Limits 47
Pt. III. The Romance Novel, 1740-1908
6. Writing the Romance Novel's History 53
7. The First Best Seller: Pamela, 1740 63
8. The Best Romance Novel Ever Written: Pride and Prejudice, 1813 75
9. Freedom and Rochester: Jane Eyre, 1847 85
10. The Romance Form in the Victorian Multiplot Novel: Framley Parsonage, 1861 93
11. The Ideal Romance Novel: A Room with a View, 1908 99
Pt. IV. The Twentieth-Century Romance Novel
12. The Popular Romance Novel in the Twentieth Century 107
13. Civil Contracts: Georgette Heyer 125
14. Courtship and Suspense: Mary Stewart 143
15. Harlequin, Silhouette, and the Americanization of the Popular Romance Novel: Janet Dailey 155
16. Dangerous Men: Jayne Ann Krentz 169
17. One Man, One Woman: Nora Roberts 183
Conclusion 205
Works Cited 209
Index 219
Acknowledgments 225
Notes: LCCN: 2002045412
ISBN: 0812233034 (acid-free paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-218) and index
Physical Description: xiii, 224 p. ; 23 cm
OCLC Number: 51389245
ISBN/ISSN: 0812233034

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