Exploring the nature of both the romance genre and the discourse of romantic love from the 17th century to the present day, this book shows how, in the history of literature, lovers have utilized its spark to change not only themselves but also their worlds, through acts of creativity and heroism
Print Book, English, 2006
Polity, Cambridge, 2006
Criticism, interpretation, etc
9780745630052, 9780745630045, 0745630057, 0745630049
Acknowledgements. Preface. 1 Introduction: The Alchemy of Love. 2 Romance before the Eighteenth Century: The Gift of a Name. 3 Courtship Romance: The Gift of Consolation. 4 Gothic Romance: The Gift of Immortality. 5 Wartime Romance: The Gift of Self-Sacrifice. 6 Modern Romance: The Gift of Selfhood. 7 Postmodern Romance: The Gift of the Fourth Dimension. Notes. References. Index.