Romance in the Forbidden Zone

Publication year

The article looks at the history of male "mentorship" (e.g. in the figure of Samuel Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison) before applying this concept to modern romance:

I am hoping to provide a fresh perspective on certain features of contemporary mass-produced romance. Like Prince Charming the mentor of mass-produced romance ends up awakening - and thereby regulating - the heroine's dormant female self. By means of predictable, not to say standardized, fantasy, popular romantic fiction articulates our culture's normative discourse on female development and heterosexuality. (160)

The final section brings up sexual harassment/assault in the workplace.