Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance (New Cultural Studies)
In Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, Jayne Ann Krentz and the contributors to this volume—all best-selling romance writers—explode myths and biases that haunt both the writers and readers of romances.In this seamless, ultimately fascinating, and controversial book, the authors dispute some of... show more
In Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, Jayne Ann Krentz and the contributors to this volume—all best-selling romance writers—explode myths and biases that haunt both the writers and readers of romances.In this seamless, ultimately fascinating, and controversial book, the authors dispute some of the notions that plague their profession, including the time-worn theory that the romance genre contains only one single, monolithic story, which is cranked out over and over again. The authors discuss positive life-affirming values inherent in all romances: the celebration of female power, courage, intelligence, and gentleness; the inversion of the power structure of a patriarchal society; and the integration of male and female. Several of the essays also discuss the issue of reader identification with the characters, a relationship that is far more complex than most critics realize.
Publish date: 1992-09-01
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
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At its best this book was insignificant; at its worst it was incredibly offensive. This book is a series of essays about romance novels by romance writers. I have no use for this book other than as a guide of what authors I will not read due to their anti-feminist stance. Some of the authors seem to...
This landmark 1992 book, edited by Krentz, is for all those people wishing to understand why women read romance. There are several good discussions here and one can learn (or reminisce) about the advancement of this genre of past authoresses through analyses and debates of various essayists. Howev...
This gets three stars for the Kinsale essay which suggests that romance readers identify with the hero rather than the heroine. The rest of the book is devoted to writers being defensive about writing romance and/or declaring romance is wonderful because the sexes are essentially different and comp...
This is a collection of short discussions from romance authors about why their stories are popular. Most of them use their own books and feelings as reference, so if you like the authors listed you may enjoy it. If you're looking for a more scholarly examination of the appeal and themes of romance, ...