Routledge Revivals: The Progress of Romance (1986): The Politics of Popular Fiction

1st Edition

Jean Radford

Routledge
Published May 31, 2018
Reference - 238 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138213753 - CAT# Y290778

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Summary

First published in 1986, the aim of this book is to present some of the changing thinking on popular writing to a wider audience in view of the enormous growth of mass culture after the war, but also to offer a historical perspective on a specific form of popular fiction: the romance. The essays collected here reflect diverse positions and methods in the current debate: sociological, psychoanalytic and literary. Some focus more on texts or readers, others concentrate on theoretical questions about narrative or ideology. All of the essays, however, view popular forms and their uses historical in historical context — rejecting the notion they are a contaminated by-product of industrialism.

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