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Stephanie Moody

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 98: Women's Leadership in Romance Fiction Scholarship

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Women's Leadership in Romance Fiction Scholarship
Women's leadership in romance fiction scholarship

The widely accepted definition of romance novel is a fictional text that (a) centers on the development of a love relationship between two people and (b) ends with the two people happily together. The origins of the romance novel have generally been traced back to Samuel Richardson's (1740) Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded because of the novel's focus on an assertive woman as the protagonist as well as its narrative account of courtship, betrothal, and marriage. Since Richardson, the romance genre has been dominated by ...

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