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Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature
     

Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature

by Janice A. Radway
 

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Originally published in 1984, Reading the Romance challenges popular (and often demeaning) myths about why romantic fiction, one of publishing's most lucrative categories, captivates millions of women readers. Among those who have disparaged romance reading are feminists, literary critics, and theorists of mass culture. They claim that romances enforce the

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