Romance Writing

Romance Writing

by Lynne Pearce, Lynn Pearce, Neil Ed. Pearce
     
 

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Romance Writing explores the changing nature of both the romance genre and the discourse of romantic love from the seventeenth century to the present day. Indeed, it is one of the first studies to approach romantic love as both genre and discourse in more than sixty years. Faced with the challenge of writing a 'cultural history' for what is commonly understood to be… See more details below

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Romance Writing explores the changing nature of both the romance genre and the discourse of romantic love from the seventeenth century to the present day. Indeed, it is one of the first studies to approach romantic love as both genre and discourse in more than sixty years. Faced with the challenge of writing a 'cultural history' for what is commonly understood to be one of life's most universal, a-historical and cross-cultural phenomena, Lynne Pearce has invoked the concept of the gift to calculate love's 'added value' at different cultural/historical moments. Building upon those philosophical traditions which have argued for the powerfully transformative nature of romantic love, Pearce shows how - in the history of literature - lovers have utilized its spark to change not only themselves, but also their worlds, through acts of creativity and heroism. The 'gift of love' ranges from the simple 'gift of a name' in the seventeenth century, through notions of immortality, self-sacrifice and selfhood in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, through to the liberating temporal and spatial dislocations of the postmodern age. The opening chapter, 'The Alchemy of Love', also undertakes an in-depth engagement of the changing nature, and meaning, of romantic love.

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"Breezy, adventurous and accessible, Romance Writing offersan ambitious cultural history of romantic love, exploring how itarticulates with – and sometimes swerves dramatically from– the stories of romance as a genre, of courtship as aninstitution, and sex, sexuality and desire. En route LynnePearce tracks some of our cherished popular clichés to theirliterary heartlands."

Trev Broughton, University of NewYork

"In Romance Writing, Lynne Pearce implores us –with remarkable insight and unwavering perception – toreconsider our grand narratives of love. By positioning a new andthoroughgoing cultural history of romance, she succeeds in daringreaders to investigate the endlessly seductive and confoundinglanguages of literary love. In so doing, Pearce accomplishes one ofcriticism's greatest of feats: her book illuminates our minds,while challenging us to ponder the mysteries that live in ourhearts."

Kenneth Womack, Penn State Altoona

"Lynne Pearce's Romance Writing spans an extraordinaryrange, from chivalry to chick-lit, and bravely pits romantic loveagainst an array of its enemies: death, sex, marriage and self-helplifestyles."

Chris Baldick, Goldsmiths College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745630045
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/24/2006
Series:
PCHL-Polity Cultural History of Literature Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.86(d)

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