A Natural History of the Romance Novel

The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres.

Author: Pamela Regis

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812203100

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.

Romantic Science

As Thomas Pennant put it in 1772, “Natural History is, at present, the favourite science over all Europe, and the progress which has been made in it will distinguish and characterise the eighteenth century in the annals of literature.” ...

Author: Noah Heringman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791486931

Category: English literature

Page: 296

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Uncovers the vital role that new scientific discoveries played in Romantic literary culture. Although "romantic science" may sound like a paradox, much of the romance surrounding modern science—the mad scientist, the intuitive genius, the utopian transformation of nature—originated in the Romantic period. Romantic Science traces the literary and cultural politics surrounding the formation of the modern scientific disciplines emerging from eighteenth-century natural history. Revealing how scientific concerns were literary concerns in the Romantic period, the contributors uncover the vital role that new discoveries in earth, plant, and animal sciences played in the period's literary culture. As Thomas Pennant put it in 1772, "Natural History is, at present, the favourite science over all Europe, and the progress which has been made in it will distinguish and characterise the eighteenth century in the annals of literature." As they examine the social and literary ramifications of a particular branch or object of natural history, the contributors to this volume historicize our present intellectual landscape by reimagining and redrawing the disciplinary boundaries between literature and science. "This book displays interpretive brilliance. A stunning array of methods are applied to an extraordinarily wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts, involving new readings of canonical works. It dramatically clarifies the relationships between major figures of the period, and brings to light texts, contexts, and controversies that have not been confronted in such detail in previous scholarly studies." — Donald Ault, author of Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake's The Four Zoas


A Natural History of the Romance Novel . Philadelphia : University of
Pennsylvania Press , 2003 . 248pp . Hb . $ 24 . 95 / £17 . 50 . ISBN 0 - 8122 -
3303 - 4 . Several literary scholars have called for an end to the exchange of
arguments either ...



ISBN: IND:30000111206839

Category: American literature


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The Romance of Victorian Natural History

Arguing for natural history as an influential literary genre, Merrill examines the language and recurrent motifs in Victorian and some American natural history texts-- metaphors of keen vision, preoccupation with scale, and motifs of ...

Author: Lynn L. Merrill

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UCAL:B4280329

Category: English prose literature

Page: 288

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The nineteenth century is frequently referred to as the golden age of the amateur naturalist. This study focuses on how the enthusiasm for natural history in the 19th century produced characteristic ways of conceptualizing and visualizing the world--especially the Victorian fascination with particulars-- as frequently seen in Victorian poetry, fiction, history, and textual studies. Arguing for natural history as an influential literary genre, Merrill examines the language and recurrent motifs in Victorian and some American natural history texts-- metaphors of keen vision, preoccupation with scale, and motifs of microscopes, museums, and collecting--and surveys the works of Philip Henry Gosse, Charles Kingsley, Hugh Miller, and John Burroughs.

Circle of Friends as Novel and Film Version

Cawelti, Adventure, Mystery, and Romance. 5-8.; Zimmermann, Trivialliteratur?
SchemaLiteratur! 70-83.; Regis, A natural history of the romance novel. 27-45.
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Author: Michaela Kertesz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640746637


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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,3, University of Regensburg (Anglistik), course: Hauptseminar: Modern Romance, language: English, abstract: And they all lived happily ever after... This is the typical ending of a romance novel. Why does it always have to be a happy end? What happens to the story if it does not end this way and how does the reader react? These are central questions I want to examine in this paper. Therefore I will look at Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends and the film version of the novel. My first step is to investigate the general structure of typical romances and the special meaning of the ending for a novel. Afterwards, with focus on the ending, I want to show how Circle of Friends deviates from these conventions. For this purpose I will also look in greater detail at the heroine in the novel. Another central question of my paper is why women read romance novels and how readers are influenced by an unusual ending of a book. In my last point I want to compare the ending of the novel Circle of Friends with the one of the film. All in all, this paper should illustrate that Circle of Friends is a special kind of romance which influences our reception of the story.

You are what You Eat

Tender at the Bone : Growing Up at the Table . New York : Broadway . Reichl ,
Ruth . 2002. Comfort Me With Apples : More Adventures at the Table . New York :
Random House . Regis , Pamela . 2003. A Natural History of the Romance Novel

Author: Annette M. Magid

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131741683

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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A collection of essays immersed in the culture of food, expanded across genres, disciplines, and time. It addresses a range of interests appealing to diverse audiences, expanding from college students to food enthusiasts and scholars.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

In fact , privacy was often A Natural History of the Romance Novel , suspect and
seen as a threat to the public by Pamela ... 24.95 writing style combine to create a
book both Since critical books about romance novels profound and readable .



ISBN: UCSD:31822033622663

Category: Electronic journals


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For Love and Money

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 ...

Author: Laura Vivanco

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 9781847601964

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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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

American Literary Scholarship

ii Women A much - studied subject demonstrates its continued ability to fascinate
scholars in A Natural History of the Romance Novel ( Penn . ) . Pamela Regis
believes further work is required because the genre and its heroines suffer from a

Author: James Leslie Woodress


ISBN: UOM:39015062119451

Category: American literature


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The Publishers Weekly

... of A Natural History of the Romance Novel (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003)
. Last Weeks August 1, 2005 W. . Lifeguard. James Patterson and 1 2 Andrew
Gross. Little, Brown, $26.95 ISBN 0-316-05785-1 The Historian. Elizabeth



ISBN: UCSD:31822034958827

Category: American literature


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Bento Box in the Heartland

Author: Linda Furiya

Publisher: Seal Press

ISBN: 158005191X

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

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The syndicated food columnist blends childhood memories, food, and cultural identity in a memoir revealing what life was like in the 1960s for the only Asian American family living in the farming community of Versailles, Indiana.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture

Author: Gary Hoppenstand

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: UCSC:32106019498713

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 96

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An encyclopedia describes all aspects of world culture, broken down into six regional categories, discussing the art, dance, fashion, food, pastimes, periodicals, recreation, and transportation of each region.

Senior High Core Collection

Natural history - Continued Australia See / See also pages in the following book (
s ) : Love , R. Reefscape 508 North America ... short stories of Ernest Hemingway
; the Finca Vigía edition p335-41 SC A natural history of the romance novel .

Author: Raymond W. Barber

Publisher: Hw Wilson Company

ISBN: UOM:39015066256606

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1456

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- More than 6,500 books in the initial clothbound volume, plus more than 2,400 new titles in four annual supplements. - New coverage of biographies, art, sports, Islam and the Middle East, and cultural diversity. - Special focus on graphic novels, primary source materials, nonbook materials, and periodicals. - Analytic entries for items in collections and anthologies.

Empowerment Versus Oppression

Twenty First Century Views of Popular Romance Novels Sally Goade ... In her
2003 book , A Natural History of the Romance Novel , Pamela Regis gives a
comprehensive description of key elements , such as the happy ending , and her
work ...

Author: Sally Goade

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124047635

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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The title of Empowerment versus Oppression: Twenty-First Century Views of Popular Romance Novels comes from the central question evident in popular romance criticism for at least the past thirty years: Are women readers (and writers) oppressed by their commitment to a narrative with an essentially patriarchal, heterosexual relationship at its center, or are they somehow empowered by their ability to create, escape to, and transform the romance narrative into a vehicle for reimagining women's freedom within relationships? While building on the work of early critics, who provided theories with which to agree, tinker, and argue, these selections add something new to the conversation, whether it be a new perspective from a unique group of readers (we hear from readers in Hong Kong and India), an examination of a particular romance subtype (included are Christian, African-American, and Gothic novels, as well as those set in Las Vegas and the Middle East), or a new way of presenting a critical response (we have a romance novelist's controversial reflection, a critique of the industry as creative enterprise, an examination of students negotiating with romance, and established critics-including Kay Mussell and Tania Modleski-rewriting their favorite romances).

Proceedings and Transactions of the South London Entomological and Natural History Society

MUSEUM ( NATURAL HISTORY ) .- Read April 24th , 1924 . Probably to most
people Helminthology , or the study of parasitic worms , seems anything but a
romantic subject . To some it even ... Some of these stories are as fascinating as
fairy tales , and they furnish many illustrations of the adage that “ truth is stranger
than fiction .

Author: South London Entomological and Natural History Society


ISBN: MINN:31951T00227152R



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The Heyday of Natural History 1820 1870

Thus while the prefaces of Victorian natural history books promised every form of
weighty and improving instruction, what ... Wonders of the Sea Shore, The
Romance of Natural History – often at the expense of basic information, and
although ...

Author: Lynn Barber

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038926304

Category: England

Page: 320

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Writer s Guide to Book Editors Publishers and Literary Agents 1999 2000

Subjects / categories most enthusiastic about agenting : Fiction : literary and
commercial , mysteries , suspense . Nonfiction : biography , travel , natural history
, science . Subjects / categories not interested in agenting : Romance . Best way
for ...

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761513531

Category: Authorship

Page: 984

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Over the years, "Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents has helped thousands of writers just like you get their books published. With the best and most up-to-date listings of key book publishing insiders, "Writer's Guide gets you past the reject piles and into the hands of the right people. Nowhere else will you find the detail, the insight, the depth. Nowhere else will you find the solid inside information. "Writer's Guide is your key to book publishing success. It gets you inside. It gets you noticed. Your talent will do the rest. "Beats the pants off "Writer's Market." --Michael Werner, coauthor of "Databases for Businesses and "Using Lotus 1-2-3 "This guide started my book publishing career." --Marcos McPeek Villatoro, author of "A Fire in the Earth, They Say That I Am Two, and "Walking to La Milpa "The finest lead source that I've ever seen. A must buy for every writer, published or not!" --Derek Savage, author of "The Second Coming and "The Dancer "Invaluable information, from query letter to book proposal. This book has made my dreams come true." --Eileen Oster, author of "The Healing Mind "This book got my foot in the door." --Wynn Goldsmith, writer "A masterpiece. I have never found so much practical information in this type of book before." --Walter Lambert, author of "Healing the Trauma of Divorce "As a writer and literary agent, this book has been invaluable." --Mary N. Oluonye, O-Squared Literary Agency "Jeff Herman has crammed a generous helping of information and advice into this invaluable book." --Paul Nathan, "Publishers Weekly ""Writer's Guide haseclipsed both "Literary Market Place and "Writer's Market as a source of projects for our agency. At least a third of our sales last year came as a result of this book." --Michael Snell, Michael Snell Literary Agency About the Author /Jeff Herman is founder of The Jeff Herman Literary Agency, one of New York's leading agencies for writers. He has sold hundreds of titles and represents dozens of top authors.

Catalogue of the Central Lending Library

NAT . NAT . D 1128 Natural History : Birds , Nests , and Eggs . H. G. Adams 1 D
1126 Natural History : Beautiful Butterflies . ... Also 1334 . Mrs. Beeton 1 D 1998
Natural History : Fact against Fiction . ... P. H. Gosse 1 D 1152 Natural History ,
Romance of P. H. Gosse 2 D 460 Natural History : Insect Hunter's Companion .



ISBN: NYPL:33433089893907


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