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.
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