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Creating Identity

The Popular Romance Heroine's Journey to Selfhood and Self-Presentation

While the world often categorizes women in reductive false binaries—careerist versus mother, feminine versus fierce—romance novels, a unique form of the love story, offer an imaginative space of mingled alternatives for a heroine on her journey to selfhood.

In Creating Identity, Jayashree Kamblé examines the romance genre, with its sensile flexibility in retaining what audiences find desirable and discarding what is not, by asking an important question: "Who is the romance heroine, and what does she want?" To find the answer, Kamblé explores how heroines in ten novels reject societal labels and instead remake themselves on their own terms with their own agency. Using a truly intersectional approach, Kamblé combines gender and sexuality, Marxism, critical race theory, and literary criticism to survey various aspects of heroines' identities, such as sexuality, gender, work, citizenship, and race.

Ideal for readers interested in gender studies and literary criticism, Creating Identity highlights a genre in which heroines do not accept that independence and strong, loving relationships are mutually exclusive but instead demand both, echoing the call from the very readers who have made this genre so popular.

About the Author

Jayashree Kamblé is Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College at the City University of New York and President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. She is author of Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology and editor (with Eric Murphy Selinger and Hsu-Ming Teo) of The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction.

Reviews

"Creating Identity makes a strong and original argument. It offers a new way to think about the romance novel and to explain its massive readership among women."—Catherine Roach, author of Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture
Indiana University Press

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