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Romance: The Perfect Creative Industry? A Case Study of Harlequin-Mills and Boon Australia

Thomas, Glen J. (2007) Romance: The Perfect Creative Industry? A Case Study of Harlequin-Mills and Boon Australia. In Goade, Sally (Ed.) Empowerment versus Oppression: Twenty First Century Views of Popular Romance Novels. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 20-29.

Abstract

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).

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ID Code: 15165
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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ISBN: 9781847181398
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:37

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