Fantasy and Reconciliation: Contemporary Formulas of Women's Romance Fiction


"The critical discussion of the romance is well grounded in the historical evolution of the genre, in feminist theory, and in informed treatment of changing modes of social behavior.... The contradiction between feminist advances in society and patriarchal convention in literature is reconciled, Mussell argues, in the notion that romances serve as imaginative harbors of stability and certitude for women adrift among shifting values and rapidly changing sexual customs. They function as a kind of 'survival tactic'.... The argument is not new, but it is well made and well documented here. A useful bibliography and extensive chapter notes are included. Recommended for graduate libraries and undergraduate libraries wiith holdings in popular culture." - Choice