For all we see as wrong, some of its appeal might be in its rightness
November 14, 2014 9:04 PM Subscribe
I've been slightly under the weather for the last week, which means, of course, soup, self-pity and comfort reads. Rather than my traditional winter-sniffles re-re-re-read of the Belgariad, I thought I'd go wandering around the historical romance category. That is: duchess porn.At Pornokitsch, Jared Shurin expresses appreciation for "5 things in historical romance I wantonly desire to see in epic fantasy," and commenters suggest where to find them. At the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, similarly meta yet more searching questions arise.
- Pamela Regis takes a look at the standard tropes of romance criticism and how they should change.
- Séverine Olivier and Agnès Caubet discuss the Francophone perspective on romances and romance criticism.
- Julie M. Dugger gives overviews of feminist positions for and against romances and considers what to do in a women's studies context when a genre populated mainly by women readers and writers seems at odds with theoretical ideals.
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