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Academic Papers

  • Eastern Kentucky University, Defending the Bodice Ripper by Dora Abigail Gardner: Abstract – Romance novels have always occupied a strange state of limbo in the literary world…The term “bodice-ripper” has long been used in a derogatory fashion to describe the popular romance genre dating back to the 1970s. A closer examination of these books shows that such hatred is far from justified. Said examination will reveal that so-called bodice-rippers are an important part of not only the history of the popular romance genre but serve as feminist and cultural artifacts that can help modern readers and scholars to better understand the position and feelings of women in the 70s and 80s.

General Discussions

Romance Blogs and Sites to Follow:

Goodreads Talks About Romance:

Goodreads has several groups where you can discuss bodice rippers, Harlequins, category romance, and historical romance, both past and present:

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