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.

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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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ID Code: 19205
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Thomas, Glenn
Keywords: ageing, fiction, publishing, romance, romance novels, romance writing, women and ageing, women and fiction
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2009 23:54
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:40

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