Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature
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. In a new introduction, Janice Radway places the book within the context of current scholarship and offers both an explanation and critique of the study's limitations.
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Review: Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular LiteratureUser Review - Kristen - Goodreads
She raises a lot of important points, but she could/should have been less condescending towards romance novels and their readers. Read full review
Review: Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular LiteratureUser Review - Amanda Hamilton - Goodreads
"The romantic narrative demonstrates that a woman must learn to trust her man and to believe that he loves her deeply even in the face of massive evidence to the contrary. The fantasy's conclusion ... Read full review