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dc.contributor.author Farinella, Anne C.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-23T17:26:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-23T17:26:33Z
dc.date.issued 2005-08
dc.identifier.citation Farinella, A.C. (2005) The Dynamics of Reading and Writing the Romance Novel (Unpublished master’s thesis). Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, Indiana. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/21196
dc.description Thesis (M.Lib.St..) -- Indiana University South Bend, 2005. en
dc.description.abstract Romantic fiction, the most popular and least respected genre, has a colorful history that has been mostly hidden behind the backdrop of the patriarchal curtain. What I discovered is that the romance genre has a language all its own; that the novels are stories of fantasy and hope that women write to share with each other; and that even though they may have the reputation of serving no real purpose other than to reinforce the notion of patriarchal subservience, they are in actuality a subversive celebration of female sexuality, female power, and the real rewards of committed relationships formed through respect and equality. It soon became clear to me that writing the romance could tum out to be a great aspiration, one that could serve a real purpose in enhancing the daily lives of real women, and one that could even make a difference in the promotion of equality and empowerment for a new generation. The contemporary romance novel no longer only revolves around the romantic liaison between a heterosexual male and female but involves story lines that include larger social issues of the world. In addition, "women's fiction" is no longer solely written by women and for women (although male authors are in the minority); and many contemporary novels incorporate these larger social issues to attract both female and male audiences. Working closely with my Faculty Committee, I have completed seven chapters of the draft of the paranormal romantic suspense novel, DogStar, and have plotted the entire story line. I have applied the mechanics of what I have learned throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as through my own extensive independent research on the romance genre. From a sociological standpoint, I am aware that many readers enjoy the romance genre because it is an escape from the hardships of their ordinary lives to a utopian fantasy. However, a good story (at least in my eyes) usually involves an ordinary person who is faced with extraordinary circumstances and has the courage and resourcefulness to triumph in the end. It is this transition from reality to fantasy that has shown its appeal to audiences by allowing the reader to identify with the "ordinary" and makes the "extraordinary" believable.--p.1-3, 10-11. en
dc.description.sponsorship Indiana University South Bend College of Liberal Arts and Sciences en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Indiana University South Bend en
dc.subject Fiction--History and criticism en
dc.subject Romance fiction, American--History and criticism en
dc.title The Dynamics of Reading and Writing the Romance Novel en
dc.title.alternative DogStar en
dc.type Thesis en
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