For Love and Money : The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance
Laura Vivanco's study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen's novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. "Laura Vivanco's For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre" - Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances.
- Paperback | 232 pages
- 152 x 229 x 13mm | 347g
- 17 Dec 2011
- Humanities - Ebooks.co.uk
- Penrith, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
"Laura Vivanco's For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre" Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. "Deep learning, wide reading, and clear thinking are very much in evidence in Vivanco's exploration of HM&B. A welcome addition to popular romance criticism." Professor Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel. "Laura Vivanco's For Love and Money is the book that scholars and fans have both been waiting for: a deft, attentive introduction to the Harlequin Mills & Boon romance novel as a work of art. Vicanco has a remarkable eye for the textual details that bring each novel to life. I am profoundly impressed." Professor Eric M. Selinger, author of What Is It Then Between Us? Traditions of Love in American Poetry.
About Laura Vivanco
Laura Vivanco is an independent scholar of romance fiction, including both modern popular romance and mediaeval Hispanic literature and is the author of Death in Fifteenth-Century Castile: Ideologies of the Elites and of many essays on Spanish romance. She has a PhD from the University of St Andrews and is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and a regular contributor to Teach Me Tonight, an academic blog devoted to the study of popular romance novels.