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by Bridget Fowler

eBook The Alienated Reader: Women and Popular Romantic Literature in the Twentieth Century epub
  • ISBN: 0745002498
  • Author: Bridget Fowler
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall (January 1991)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1244 kb
  • FB2 size 1758 kb
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This book is a study of the production and consumption of popular romance.

This book is a study of the production and consumption of popular romance. At the same time, it questions prevailing assumptions about the popular romance genre as being nothing more than a mode of collusion with patriarchy.

Fowler B. Call Number. Sarah Doyle Women's Center.

Popular Romance in the Women’s Literature Classroom. The Alienated Reader: Women and Popular Romantic Literature in the Twentieth Century. Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4, no. 2 (24 October 2014). Gimme Shelter: Feminism, Fantasy, and Women’s Popular Fiction. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. Harlow: Prentice-Hall, 1991.

Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. Scholars regard the publishing of William Wordsworth's and Samuel Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads in 1798 as probably the beginning of the movement, and the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 as its end. Romanticism arrived in other parts of the English-speaking world later; in America, it arrived around 1820.

Delly romances were still selling over a million copies per year in France half a century after the authors' deaths.

There is too much literature on this subject to list here, but see Janice Radway, Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Culture (New York: Verso, 1984); Bridget Fowler, The Alienated Reader: Women and Romantic Literature in the Twentieth Century (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991). Delly romances were still selling over a million copies per year in France half a century after the authors' deaths. 13. Simone de Beauvoir, Le Deuxième Sexe, I (Paris: Folio, 1991 ), 242.

20th TWENTIETH CENTURY FICTION Discusses about 20th century fiction and . In this respect the twentieth century novelists are of no exception. For example Conrad who despite being a romantic artist has a content of realism in his writing

20th TWENTIETH CENTURY FICTION Discusses about 20th century fiction and its influence on society, political and intellectual environment. Their writings are profoundly conditioned by the new climate of social and moral experience culminating from the thoroughgoing transformation of the physical world around them. For example Conrad who despite being a romantic artist has a content of realism in his writing. In his novel, ‘Heart of Darkness’, he offsets his most exotic scenes by minutely observed details.

In the twentieth century, women's writing travels a course in which each generation of female characters progresses toward vital and independent lives, free from society's traditional limitations

In the twentieth century, women's writing travels a course in which each generation of female characters progresses toward vital and independent lives, free from society's traditional limitations Writing Their Lives in the New Century. The suffrage movement, and the involvement of women in surrounding political movements such as socialism and the temperance movement, inspired a particular genre of writing that included both creative and political texts which examined the issues and problems facing women at the turn of the century.

Source for information on Women's Literature in the 19th Century: British . Another explanation given in criticism for the inferiority of female literature was women's limited experience.

Source for information on Women's Literature in the 19th Century: British Women Writers: Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion dictionary.

The 20th century opened with great hope but also with some apprehension, for the new century .

The 20th century opened with great hope but also with some apprehension, for the new century marked the final approach to a new millennium. In his poems on the South African War, Hardy (whose achievement as a poet in the 20th century rivaled his achievement as a novelist in the 19th) questioned simply and sardonically the human cost of empire building and established a tone and style that many British poets were to use in the course of the century, while Kipling, who had done.

This book is a study of the production and consumption of popular romance. It sets out to challenge the existing prejudices about "escapist literature" by exploring one of its most stigmatized forms: the fiction created by popular women writers. At the same time, it questions prevailing assumptions about the popular romance genre as being nothing more than a mode of collusion with patriarchy. Instead, the genre is assessed in terms of its historical origins and its wider ideological structures, or political unconscious. Drawing on a content analysis of melodramatic romance of 1930s magazines, a feminist materialist approach to the works of Catherine Cookson, and an asssessment of recent bestselling romances of the 1970s and 1980s, Bridget Fowler suggests that the romance can be seen as the dream-book of the family, encoding in its more formulaic fictions, the symbolic annihilation of industrial capitalism through rural retreat or, in its newer versions, images of women as "idols of production", combining fulfilled love and entrepreneurial success.
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