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TitleReading the Romance
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                            Contents
Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION: Writing Reading the Romance
CHAPTER 1 The Institutional Matrix: Publishing Romantic Fiction
CHAPTER 2 The Readers and Their Romances
CHAPTER 3 The Act of Reading the Romance: Escape and Instruction
CHAPTER 4 The Ideal Romance: The Promise of Patriarchy
CHAPTER 5 The Failed Romance: Too Close to the Problems of Patriarchy
CHAPTER 6 Language and Narrative Discourse: The Ideology of Female Identity
Conclusion
Appendixes
Notes
Bibliography
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INDEX 275

39; at Silhouette Books, 43. See also
Category publishing; Formulaic
literature; Line fiction

Sexuality, female, 105—6, 169; in the
romance, 74, 76, 169; in failed
romances, 74, 169—70; in ideal
romances, 126—27, 133, 142—43, 169;
Smithton women on, 170

Sexuality, male: in the romance, 71-72
Seymour, Janette: Purity's Passion, 160,

166
Silhouette Books, 43-44, 45, 55, 56, 59,

88, 108, 117, 193, 249 (n. 17); claims
about its readership, 55; compared
with Harlequins, 56

Simon and Schuster, 35, 37, 43—44
Small, BertriceiAdora, 161
Smithton, 46, 48, 50—51, 58
Smithton women, 46, 47—48, 50, 51,

54, 55, 78, 81, 86, 89, 92, 102, 175,
197, 210, 211, 250 (n. 39), 252 (n. 25);
Angie, 93; Ann, 75, 79, 80, 94-95,
99, 101—2, 109, 110, 111, 199; Ellen, 91;
Jill, 98; Joy, 83, 98, no, 114-15, 197;
Laurie, 111, 179; Lynn, in; Marie,
no; Maureen, 48, 70—71, 96, 159, 202;
Penny, 91, no; Susan, 91, 98, 110, 111,
159; reasons for reading romances of,
60—63, 70, 82, 100, 107—9, 110—12,

116, 159, 179, 184—85, 186, 195; reading
habits of, 46, 50, 58—60, 62-63, 70-
71, 120, 249 (n. 17); representivity of,
48—49, 50, 55—56; and relationship
with Dorothy Evans, 49, 50; on
failed romances, 50, 65, 69, 70—71, 72,
73, 74, 98, 99, 158-59, 160-61, 163-
64, 165, 169, 172-73, 176, 178, 179;
demographic characteristics of, 50—
51, 56-57, 58; define the romance, 53,
64, 65, 70, 163; preferences of, 56,
68, 72, 120—22; reading history of,
56—57, 58; compared with Harlequin
readers, 58; psychological depen-
dence on romances of, 58—59, 60,
84-85, 119; and romance endings,
59, 73, 99-100, 163, 199-200, 205;
guilt about romance reading of, 62,

90, 103—4, 105—6; narrative structure
of romances, 63—65, 199; on ideal
romances, 65-66, 67, 68, 77, 81,
82-83, 84, 104-5, 120-22, 123, 125,

126, 129-30, 170, 214; on sex and
romances, 66, 70, 73-74, 83, 104-
5; on the double standard, 74, 99,
142; defend housewives, 78—79, 114;
on romance reading as escape, 88,
89, 91-92, 94-95, 186; strategies for
justifying romance reading of, 90,
100-101, 103, 106, 107-8, 110, 1
116; on discussing romances, 96-
97; on romance authors, critics, and
publishers, 97, 98, 114-15, 116; on
romances as agents of change, 101—2,
213, 217—18; on research in romances,
109—10, in; linguistic strategies of,
188-89, 190-91

Snyder, Richard, 37, 44
Soap operas, 54, 115
Sociolinguistics, 243 (n. 20)
Spencer, LaVyrle, 68; The Fulfillment,

63, 68, 122, 130
Spillane, Mickey, 31
Steinem, Gloria, 219
Stephens, Ann: Maleska, 23
Stephens, Vivien, 108-9
Stevenson, Florence: Moonlight

Variations, 122, 124
Story papers, 23—24
Street and Smith, 22
Subscription: as distribution scheme in

publishing, 23—24. See also Benjamin,
Park; Griswold, Rufus Wilmot

Supplements, newspaper, 24

Technique of the aimless glance,194—95
Television, 90-91, 92, 108, 112. See also

Soap operas
Thurston, Carol, 219
Time: in the romance, 204—5
Tip sheets, 68
Toombs, John. See Wilde, Jocelyn
Trent, Barbara: Winter Dreams, 161
Trevor, Meriol: The Wanton Fires, 161,

172, 176-78

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276 INDEX

Verbal assertion, 78, 79; Smithton
women on, 190, 195. See also Lan-
guage; Smithton women: linguistic
strategies of

Violence, 250 (n. 39); in the romance,
71-73, 75, 165-70, 178; in ideal
romances, 72, 129; in failed romances,
72—73, 158, 181; Smithton women on,
76, 166

Vogue, 194

Waldenbooks, 37, 38, 39, 246-47 (n. 51)
Walters, Ray, 41
Warner Books, 41
Watt, Ian, 201
Whiteside, Thomas, 35—36, 37
Whitney, Phyllis, 33, 69, 188; Domino,

253 (n. 27); Thunder Heights, 31, 196,
206

Wilde, Jocelyn: Bride oftheBaja, 161,
179-81

Williams, Raymond, 256 (n. 26)
Women: as book readers, 32, 44, 45
Woodiwiss, Kathleen, 75, 98, 121, 122,

151, 173; Ashes in the Wind, 127, 130,
131, 133, 142; The Flame and the
Flower, 33-34, 68, 73, 121, 123, 126, 130,
133, 142, 143-44, 192, 204; Shanna,
126, 130; The Wolf and the Dove, 124,
130, 165

Wright, Will, 120, 133-34

Xerox, 35

Yankelovich, Skelly and White, 41, 60
Young, James, 42

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