A first kiss is still a first kiss : romancing the mid-life reader and heroine
Barletta, Sandra Anne (2008) A first kiss is still a first kiss : romancing the mid-life reader and heroine. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
Sandra Barletta - A Basic Renovation
Through its depiction of heroines, romance fiction has the capacity to reflect the attitudes and concerns women face in society. However, the depiction of heroines in romance novels is bound by the constraints publishers place upon them. A vibrant, passionate mid-life heroine gets pushed into a subgenre where romance no longer exists as an option, while a mid-life reader in search of a romance heroine to identify with is relegated to novels where romance is a marginal issue, rather than the main impetus that leads the story. This study, and the novel A Basic Renovation, addresses a neglected demographic of reader and heroine who are marginalised within the romance genre. As well, it gives reasons why heroines need not be characterised in particular roles or situations as they age, and a rationale for why their underrepresentation as romance heroines should end.
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)|
|Keywords:||ageing, fiction, publishing, romance, romance novels, romance writing, women and ageing, women and fiction|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Deposited On:||26 Mar 2009 23:54|
|Last Modified:||09 Feb 2011 13:52|
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