Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre

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Libraries Unlimited, 1999 - Education - 435 pages
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In the past decade the number of romance books and authors has skyrocketed; the genre has diversified in type, plot and characters; more readers have become fans; and even the scholarly community has begun focusing attention on this genre. Ramsdell's book responds to the tremendous changes of the last decade in this popular genre. It provides an overview of the romance genre as a whole (for example, definition, history, reasons for appeal) and discusses each of the major romance subgenres in individual chapters. A discussion of research aids (for example, current scholarship, collections, periodicals, awards, organizations, publishers) and sections on readers' advisory and collection development are also included.

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Chapter 1Definition and Brief History of Romance Fiction
Chapter 2The Appeal of Romance Fiction
Chapter 3Advising the Reader

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About the author (1999)

KRISTIN RAMSDELL is Librarian, California State University, Hayward. A frequent speaker and panelist on the subject of romance fiction, she writes a quarterly romance review column for Library Journal. In 1996 she was named Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America.

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