“There’s Something Charming about a Man with an Accent, Isn’t There?”: The Representation of Otherness in Three Novels by Lisa Kleypas

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From the introduction:

In Lisa Kleypas’s fiction Inmaculada Pérez-Casal discerns an ongoing attempt to depict greater diversity in a sub-genre of romance (Regency and Victorian romance) which tends to “focus almost exclusively on the lives and loves of upper-class, (white) British characters”: Kleypas includes heroes who are Other due to their social class, ethnicity, or both. However, as Pérez-Casal observes, Kleypas’s heroes have to choose between a total erasure of their difference or being permanently relegated to the margins of the society they marry into. (7)