For Love and Money: The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance

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Humanities-Ebooks, 2011 - Fiction - 230 pages
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Laura Vivanco's study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen's novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. "

“Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre” —Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances.

“Deep learning, wide reading, and clear thinking are very much in evidence in Vivanco’s exploration of HM&B. A welcome addition to popular romance criticism.” — Professor Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel.

"Laura Vivanco’s analysis of the category romance is both meticulous and inspiring. And while Vivanco limits her examples and discussions to category romances by Harlequin Mills & Boon and the HQN imprint, her application of Frye’s mimetic modes begs for expansion to texts and authors across the genre. This piece of literary criticism should serve as a template for romance scholars to move from defending the genre to discussing its values and complexity as a literary art. — Maryan Wherry, Journal of Popular Romance Studies


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Chapter 1 Mimetic Modes
Chapter 2 Mythoi
Chapter 3 Metafiction
Chapter 4 Metaphors
A Note on the Author

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About the author (2011)

Laura Vivanco is an independent scholar of romance fiction, including both modern popular romance and mediaeval Hispanic literature and is the author of Death in Fifteenth-Century Castile: Ideologies of the Elites and of essays on modern and mediaeval Hispanic romance. She has a PhD from the University of St Andrews and is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and a regular contributor to Teach me Tonight, an academic blog devoted to the study of popular romance novels.

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