Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction

An Epistemology

Authors: Kamblé, Jayashree

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Despite pioneering studies, the term 'romance novel' itself has not been subjected to scrutiny. This book examines mass-market romance fiction in the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. through four categories: capitalism, war, heterosexuality, and white Protestantism and casts a fresh light on the genre.

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Jayashree Kamblé is an Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, USA.

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"Based on her sure command of the romance novels written since 1908, Kamble elucidates both 'romance' and 'novel' to offer a theory that unlocks the genre's depiction of ideological struggles involving post-industrial capitalism, patriotic warfare, heteronormativity, and racial anxiety. In her analysis, the romance novel emerges as a record of the most pressing public debates of the last century. Clearly written, equally at ease in its offering of theoretical insight and close reading, Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology is a must-read." - Pamela Regis, Professor of English, McDaniel College, USA, and author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel

"'The hero carries the book,' romance novelist Laura Kinsale declared in the early 1990s. Jayashree Kamble's groundbreaking study tracks enduring hero types - the capitalist, the wounded warrior, the racial or paranormal Other, the ostentatiously heterosexual male - across the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing how they and the romance genre evolve and adapt to social change. Sharp-eyed readings of over a dozen British and American authors situate their novels in political history (Thatcherism, the war on terror, battles for LGBT rights) and the emergence of a globalized romance publishing industry. Smart, insightful, and provocative, this book is full of discoveries." - Eric Murphy Selinger, Professor of English, DePaul University, USA, and Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies

"In a cogent and convincing argument and drawing on a wide variety of examples, Jayashree Kamble adds significantly to our understanding of the resilience, flexibility, and relevance of the popular romance novel. By focusing on the figure of the hero and demonstrating how the romance novel portrays and manages changing social concerns over time, Kamble situates the popular romance in its cultural, critical, and aesthetic context." - Kay Mussell, Professor Emerita of Literature, American University, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: What Does It Mean to Say “Romance Novel”?

    Kamblé, Jayashree

    Pages 1-30

  • Capitalism: Money and Means in Romance Novels

    Kamblé, Jayashree

    Pages 31-60

  • War: Patriotism and the Damaged Romance Novel Hero

    Kamblé, Jayashree

    Pages 61-85

  • Heterosexuality: Negotiating Normative Romance Novel Desire

    Kamblé, Jayashree

    Pages 87-129

  • White Protestantism: Race and Religious Ethos in Romance Novels

    Kamblé, Jayashree

    Pages 131-156

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Hardcover $90.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction
Book Subtitle
An Epistemology
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39505-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137395054
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39504-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 191
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