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

Fletcher, L ORCID: 0000-0002-8348-472X, Driscoll, B and Wilkins, K 2018 , 'Genre worlds and popular fiction: the case of twenty-first-century Australian romance' , Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 51, no. 4 , pp. 997-1015 , doi: 10.1111/jpcu.12706.

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Abstract

POPULAR ROMANCE FICTION IS THE MOST PROLIFIC AND PROFITABLEpopular genre globally, a robust counter to narratives in themedia and academia about the death of the book. Like all genresof fiction, romance has multiple dimensions. Popular romance is asector of the publishing industry, a social formation, and a body oftexts. To date, research has focused overwhelmingly on the thirddimension, largely because of the dominance of the conceptual frameworksand analytical techniques of literary critics. To account for thegenre’s size and growth, its dynamism and diversity, popular romancestudies must not privilege a single academic discipline. Instead, thestudy of romance—and of popular fiction more broadly—shouldstraddle literary and cultural studies (Butter 201), as well as publishingstudies and book history.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fletcher, L and Driscoll, B and Wilkins, K
Keywords: fiction, Twenty-first-Century, Australian, romance
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Popular Culture
Publisher: Bowling Green Popular Press
ISSN: 0022-3840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jpcu.12706
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