Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature
Explores not only the conventions of the romance novel but also the ways in which both these novels and their readers defy certain stereotypes, usually proliferated by people who don't read the books themselves. Radway's study is a fascinating and controversial bit of sociological literary criticism.--MetroMagazine A superb analysis of a contemporary phenomenon and an intelligent and moving depiction of how the women who consume these novels see their lives.--Journal of Communication A consistently absorbing and often brilliant analysis of [romance novels] and their eager consumers.--Sandra M. Gilbert, New York Times Book Review [Reading the Romance] is in a class by itself. It set[s] a standard for cultural studies, scarcely ever matched in subsequent work, of testing theories about the effects of mass culture with close study of the people presumably under its influence.--Journal of American History
Janice A. Radway is Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication and professor of American studies and gender studies at Northwestern University and author of A Feeling for Books.