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A Companion to Romance

Edited by: CORINNE SAUNDERS
eISBN: 9780631232711
Print publication date: 2004


Subject Literature » Romanticism

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232711.2004.x

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A Companion to Romance

Romance is a varied and fluid literary genre, notoriously difficult to define. This groundbreaking Companion surveys the many permutations of romance throughout the ages. Comprising 30 essays written by leading authorities in the field, it considers the historical and literary development of the genre from its classical origins to the present day. The focus is on English literature, although this is placed within the larger context of perceptions of romance. The companion incorporates discussion of the changing readership of romance, particularly romance's special relation to women readers. It challenges the idea that the appeal of romance is exclusively escapist, drawing on a wide range of specific and influential literary examples.

The Companion is suitable for general readers and for those beginning their study of literature, as well as for readers seeking more specialized information on the issue of romance or on the individual types of writing, writers, and works considered.

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SAUNDERS, CORINNE (ed). A Companion to Romance. Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Blackwell Reference Online. 20 September 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9780631232711_9780631232711>



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