Upon its first publication, Loving with a Vengeance was a groundbreaking study of women readers and their relationship to mass-market romance fiction. Feminist scholar and cultural critic Tania Modleski has revisited her widely read book, bringing to this new edition a review of the issues that have, in the intervening years, shaped and reshaped questions of women's reading. With her trademark acuity and understanding of the power both of the mass-produced object, film, television, or popular literature, and the complex workings of reading and reception, she offers here a framework for thinking about one of popular culture's central issues.
This edition includes a new introduction, a new chapter, and changes throughout the existing text.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition 1. Mass-Produced Fantasies for Women 2. The Disappearing Act: Harlequin Romances 3. The Female Uncanny: Gothic Novels for Women 4. The Search for Tomorrow in Today's Soap Operas. Afterword
Tania Modleski is Florence R. Scott Professor of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author, most recently, of a revised and expanded edition of her classic study of Hitchcock, The Women Who Knew Too Much, also published by Routledge