Masculinities in Post-Millennial Popular Romance  book cover
1st Edition

Masculinities in Post-Millennial Popular Romance

ISBN 9781032065656
Published May 13, 2022 by Routledge
78 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on the projection of the hero’s masculinity in a selection of post-millennial popular romance narratives and attempts to discover if, and to what extent, this projection reinforces or challenges patriarchal ideas about gender. In the majority of these narratives the hero is often presented as a hegemonic alpha male. However, hegemonic masculinity is not a fixed concept. Rather, it is subject to continuous change which allows for the emergence of various dominant masculinities. Under a poststructuralist lens and through a close textual analysis approach and a gender reading of romance narratives, the book suggests that to a certain extent the romance hero could be described as a platform onto which different forms of dominant masculinity are displayed and highlights that these masculinities do not necessarily clash, depend on, or function as a prerequisite for each other.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Hegemonic Masculinity and the Romance Hero

Chapter 2. Transnational Business Masculinities in Popular Romance Fiction

Chapter 3. Hybrid Masculine Bloc in Popular Romance Fiction

Chapter 4. Body and Beauty in Popular Romance Fiction

Chapter 5. 'Lesser' Masculinities


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Eirini Arvanitaki is a teaching associate in the Department of Social Sciences at the Hellenic Open University in Patras, Greece.