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Genre worlds and popular fiction: the case of twenty-first-century Australian romance


Fletcher, L and Driscoll, B and Wilkins, K, Genre worlds and popular fiction: the case of twenty-first-century Australian romance, Journal of Popular Culture, 51, (4) pp. 997-1015. ISSN 0022-3840 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/jpcu.12706


POPULAR ROMANCE FICTION IS THE MOST PROLIFIC AND PROFITABLE popular genre globally, a robust counter to narratives in the media and academia about the death of the book. Like all genres of fiction, romance has multiple dimensions. Popular romance is a sector of the publishing industry, a social formation, and a body of texts. To date, research has focused overwhelmingly on the third dimension, largely because of the dominance of the conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques of literary critics. To account for the genre’s size and growth, its dynamism and diversity, popular romance studies must not privilege a single academic discipline. Instead, the study of romance—and of popular fiction more broadly—should straddle literary and cultural studies (Butter 201), as well as publishing studies and book history.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fiction, Twenty-first-Century, Australian, romance
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary Studies
Research Field:Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and Literature
Author:Fletcher, L (Associate Professor Lisa Fletcher)
Author:Wilkins, K (Dr Kim Wilkins)
ID Code:123425
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2018-01-08
Last Modified:2018-09-05

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