Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812214116

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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Essays by Sandra Brown, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mary Jo Putney, and other romance writers refute the myths and biases related to the romance genre and its readers

A Natural History of the Romance Novel

Author: Pamela Regis

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812203103

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres. While it remains consistently dominant in bookstores and on best-seller lists, it is also widely dismissed by the critical community. Scholars have alleged that romance novels help create subservient readers, who are largely women, by confining heroines to stories that ignore issues other than love and marriage. Pamela Regis argues that such critical studies fail to take into consideration the personal choice of readers, offer any true definition of the romance novel, or discuss the nature and scope of the genre. Presenting the counterclaim that the romance novel does not enslave women but, on the contrary, is about celebrating freedom and joy, Regis offers a definition that provides critics with an expanded vocabulary for discussing a genre that is both classic and contemporary, sexy and entertaining. Taking the stance that the popular romance novel is a work of literature with a brilliant pedigree, Regis asserts that it is also a very old, stable form. She traces the literary history of the romance novel from canonical works such as Richardson's Pamela through Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Brontë's Jane Eyre, and E. M. Hull's The Sheik, and then turns to more contemporary works such as the novels of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Janet Dailey, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts.

Samson and the Liminal Hero in the Ancient Near East

Author: Gregory Mobley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0567219712

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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The primary problem that Mobley's book deals with is the odd character of Judges 13-16 and of its hero. Samson's special quality, noted by virtually all interpreters, is defined here as liminality. The liminal situation, which includes a movement away from society, the lack of social restraints, and the status of outsider, is a permanent condition for Samson. The secondary purpose of this book is to demonstrate the ways in which the Samson saga, which is often compared to the Greek Heracles tradition, makes use of ideas about wild men and warriors found in other biblical and Mesopotamian stories.

The Consummate Virgin

Author: Jodi McAlister

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030550044

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This book is a study of female virginity loss and its representations in popular Anglophone literatures. It explores dominant cultural narratives around what makes a “good” female virginity loss experience by examining two key forms of popular literature: autobiographical virginity loss stories and popular romance fiction. In particular, this book focuses on how female sexual desire and romantic love have become entangled in the contemporary cultural imagination, leading to the emergence of a dominant paradigm which dictates that for women, sexual desire and love are and should be intrinsically linked together: something which has greatly affected cultural scripts for virginity loss. This book examines the ways in which this paradigm has been negotiated, upheld, subverted, and resisted in depictions of virginity loss in popular literatures, unpacking the romanticisation of the idea of “the right one” and “the right time”.

Too Wicked to Kiss

Author: Erica Ridley

Publisher: Lyrical Press

ISBN: 1516102193

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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HIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE… From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait… TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE… Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also ­be a ruthless killer? “A unique gothic romance complete with murder, madness, and mayhem!" --Virginia Henley, New York Times bestselling author

The Raven's Shadow

Author: James E Wisher

Publisher: Sand Hill Publishing

ISBN: 1945763124

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 8090

Death gathers in the shadow of the floating island. Conryu returns home after an eventful first year at school, eager for a quiet summer vacation with his best friends. It’s not to be. Just days after he arrives home, the Le Fay Society broadcasts its demands and his life is at the top of the list. Conryu soon finds himself on the run from the police and the only way to save himself is to hunt down those threatening the city himself. Can Conryu and his friends defeat the cunning Lady Raven before she unleashes a horde of shadow beasts on the city? Get The Raven’s Shadow now.

Hawk Quest

Author: Robert Lyndon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748128441

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 9473

1072 AD. The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a Frank warrior named Vallon must capture four rare hawks. In the company of a Sicilian scholar and an English falconer, Vallon sets off a heart-stopping odyssey to the far ends of the earth - from Greenland to Russia to Constantinople, across raging Arctic seas and blood-drenched battlefields. Braving Viking warlords, vengeful Normans, and the unforgiving elements, Vallon and his comrades must track down their quarry one by one in a relentless race against time. Ten years in the making, Hawk Quest is high adventure in the grand tradition of Bernard Cornwell and Robyn Young, an epic story packed with visceral combat, marvellous period detail, and gripping suspense. The scale is huge. The journey is incredible. The history is real. This is - Hawk Quest

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction

Author: Jayashree Kamblé,Eric Murphy Selinger,Hsu-Ming Teo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317041941

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 566

View: 1283

Popular romance fiction constitutes the largest segment of the global book market. Bringing together an international group of scholars, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction offers a ground-breaking exploration of this global genre and its remarkable readership. In recognition of the diversity of the form, the Companion provides a history of the genre, an overview of disciplinary approaches to studying romance fiction, and critical analyses of important subgenres, themes, and topics. It also highlights new and understudied avenues of inquiry for future research in this vibrant and still-emerging field. The first systematic, comprehensive resource on romance fiction, this Companion will be invaluable to students and scholars, and accessible to romance readers.

Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction

Author: Kristin Ramsdell

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313054053

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 466

View: 8407

As the first encyclopedia solely devoted to the popular romance fiction genre, this resource provides a wealth of information on all aspects of the subject. • Provides the basics about authors, works, themes, and other topics related to romance fiction using alphabetically arranged reference entries • Offers suggestions for further reading and other works of romance fiction via reading list • Written by contributors who are scholars, librarians, and industry experts with broad knowledge of the genre