Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After : The Romance Story in Popular Culture

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Find your one true love and live happily ever after." The trials of love and desire provide perennial story material, from the BiblicalSong of Songsto Disney's princesses, but perhaps most provocatively in the romance novel, a genre known for tales of fantasy and desire, sex and pleasure. Hailed on the one hand for its women-centered stories that can be sexually liberating, and criticized on the other for its emphasis on male/female coupling and mythical happy endings, romance fiction is a multi-million dollar publishing phenomenon, creating national and international societies of enthusiasts, practitioners, and scholars. Catherine M. Roach, alongside her romance-writer alter-ego, Catherine LaRoche, guides the reader deep into Romancelandia where the smart and the witty combine with the sexy and seductive to explore why this genre has such a grip on readers and what we can learn from the romance novel about the nature of happiness, love, sex, and desire in American popular culture.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 481g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253020441
  • 9780253020444
  • 751,487

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"An innovative hybrid of both academic analysis and romantic fiction, offering scholarly and popular readers a fascinating account of what is at stake in stories we love about love." -Brenda Weber, author of Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity "Roach's attempt to do emotional justice to the genre should satisfy academics and fans alike." -Publishers Weekly "Impressively smart...a lively and memorable read!" -Eric Murphy Selinger, Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studiesshow more

About Catherine M. Roach

Catherine M. Roach is Professor of Gender and Culture Studies in New College at the University of Alabama and author of Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture. She publishes romance fiction as Catherine LaRoche.show more

Table of contents

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in by E.E. CummingsAcknowledgmentsPrologue: Journey into Romancelandia1. Find Your One True Love: Book Lovers and the Romance Story2. Going Native: When the Academic is (also) the Fan3. Notes from the Imagination: Reading Romance Writing: Wherein Catherine Roach and Catherine LaRoche, in Feisty Dialogue, Comment upon LaRoche's Fiction 4. Sex: Good Girls Do, Or, Romance Fiction as Sex-Positive Feminist Mommy Porn5. Notes from the Field: Romance Writers of America6. Love: Bondage and the Conundrum of Erotic Love7. Notes from the Writing: "Between the Sheets" and Other Moments toward Romance Novelist8. Happily Ever After: The Testament of Erotic FaithEpilogue: Lessons from Romancing the AcademicNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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