Women in Romance Writing

One reason may be that romance is a female-dominated genre. In the eighteenth century, the novel offered women, as characters and writers, a way into the literary landscape. In the twenty-first century, women fully occupy the world of romance writing. Some suggest that romance has been denigrated because it characterizes feminine sexuality and desire, something that has been historically uncomfortable for our cultural consciousness. Romance also has been criticized as antifeminist. However, from a theoretical perspective, romance is a genre that operates from the feminine subjectivity. Feminine desire propels the narrative.

Usually, romances are told from the perspective of a heroine who must choose between two lovers or a lover and a conflicting situation. The heroes usually have archetypal appeal and could be catergorized as the loner, the swashbuckler, or other masculine roles.

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