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Romantic Fiction of Mills and Boon, 1909-1995

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This study to analyzes romantic fiction's depiction of women as part of the broader history of ideas about women.; Given the success of the Mills & Boon romance, their portrayal of subjects like sex, love, marriage, class, motherhood and femineity are important cultural barometers and make interesting study.; The author shows how all these themes have an historical trajectory and how these novels have come to reflect feminist concerns.; Based on a study of over 1000 Mills & Boon romances the book provides...

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Overview

This study to analyzes romantic fiction's depiction of women as part of the broader history of ideas about women.; Given the success of the Mills & Boon romance, their portrayal of subjects like sex, love, marriage, class, motherhood and femineity are important cultural barometers and make interesting study.; The author shows how all these themes have an historical trajectory and how these novels have come to reflect feminist concerns.; Based on a study of over 1000 Mills & Boon romances the book provides analysis of plot types and shows how these have changed in response to women's own changing position within society.

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London Review of Books
In The Romance Fiction of Mills and Boon, 1909-1990s, jay Dixon (the lower-case j must be a signal of some sort) writes as an insider. For 18 years, she read every Mills and Boon title she could lay her hands on...Unlike many of her fellow feminists, she thinks the Mills and Boon romances are serving the cause of women well, showing how those Alphamen can be "socialized into a woman's world." This may well mean inflicting salutary suffering on them. Since the Sixties heroines have always worked for a living and many of them take challenging posts abroad, deflating sardonic Spanish dons and lascivious Latins as necessary. Fearless and fiesty, articulating women's defiance, they fight the hero all the way until they integrate him into the 'female value system'. Apparently male heroes are now being persuaded to forgo jobs in faraway places that take then away from the female base. If males are being "stiffed" like this, why do Dixon's fellow feminists still sound off?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857282672
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Women's and Gender History Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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