Love and romance novels

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This chapter explores how love is represented in romance novels. It begins with an outline of the ways in which ideas about romantic love have developed and changed over the course of the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and it then considers the extent to which these changing ideas about love have been reflected in romance novels during this period. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the extant scholarship – mostly generated by feminist academics in the wake of second wave feminism – about how we should understand portrayals of love in romance fiction, and what implications these meanings have for society and for romance novels themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge research companion to popular romance fiction
EditorsJayashree Kamble, Eric Murphy Selinger, Hsu-Ming Teo
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781315613468
ISBN (Print)9781472443304
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Romance fiction
  • Love
  • Gender
  • Sexuality


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