The Glass Slipper: Women and Love Stories

Rutgers University Press
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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See in particular Chapter 7, "Feminism and Harlequin Romance: The Problem of the Love Story," Chapter 8, "A Genre of One's Own: African American Romance Imprints and the 'Universality' of Love," and Chapter 9, "Is Female to Romance as Male is to Porn?"

According to Weisser

The love story in Anglo-American culture has evolved with the changing conditions of women's lives since the Victorian era by adapting new forms after the Second Wave of feminism. My thesis is that the romantic story, whose trope is the Glass Slipper, has adapted to women's anxieties about these developments, yet continues to be a medium for transmitting Victorian gender values. This allows romance to have both progressive and conservative aspects, allaying the uncertainty that modern women may feel about extraordinarily rapid changes in work, social roles, and intimate relations. (3)


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