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Breaking the Hard Limits: Romance, Pornography, and the Question of Genre in the Fifty Shades Trilogy


McAlister, J, Breaking the Hard Limits: Romance, Pornography, and the Question of Genre in the Fifty Shades Trilogy, Analyses/Rereadings/Theories (A/R/T Journal), 3, (2) pp. 23-33. ISSN 2353-6098 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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The Fifty Shades series has brought erotic fiction to a broader and more mainstream audience than ever before. In its wake, a number of erotic romance series have achieved unprecedented popularity, such as Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series and Lisa Renee Jones’ Inside Out series. These books do not fit comfortably into the genres of romance or pornography: rather, they fuse the romantic and pornographic together. This locates the multiple climaxes of pornography within the overarching emotional climax of romance and creates a structure that is both finite and infinite, allowing the books to create both instant and delayed gratification. This article examines The Sheik as a textual forebear to Fifty Shades before moving on to examine the ways in which romance and pornography are fused, overcoming the limits of serialization in romance, and creating a romantic "pornotopia."

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:romance, pornography, Fifty Shades, erotic romance, genre
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender relations
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:McAlister, J (Dr Jodi McAlister)
ID Code:112078
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-10-26
Last Modified:2016-11-07

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