See the chapters on "Gender and Genre," particularly the one on "women's stories."
"It is likely that some of the shifts in the formulas of romantic fiction can be related quite closely to historical and social change. Where would doctor-and-nurse romances be without the National Health Service, or imperialist adventure without the Boer War, or the exotic international settings of some recent romances without the transnationalization of capital and the advent of the package holiday? Other shifts, again, can be related to particular moments in the struggle for women's emancipation." (91)