By Susan Ostrov Weisser
Why is the tale of romance in books, magazines, and flicks nonetheless geared toward ladies instead of at males? Even after a long time of feminism, conventional principles and messages approximately romantic love nonetheless carry sway and, in our “postfeminist” age, are extra renowned than ever. more and more, now we have turn into a tradition of romance: tales of every kind form the phrases of affection. girls, specifically, love a love story.
The Glass Slipper is set the endurance of a well-recognized Anglo-American love tale into the electronic age. evaluating influential classics to their present opposite numbers, Susan Ostrov Weisser relates in hugely fun prose how those tales are formed and outlined through and for ladies, the most shoppers of romantic texts. Following a trajectory that starts off with Jane Austen and concludes with net relationship websites, Weisser indicates the various ways that nineteenth-century perspectives of women’s nature and the Victorian inspiration of romance have survived the feminist critique of the Nineteen Seventies and proceed in new and extra ambiguous kinds in today’s media, with profound implications for women.
More than a booklet approximately romance in fiction and media, The Glass Slipper illustrates how conventional tales approximately women’s sexuality, femininity, and romantic love have survived as possible protecting components in a extra glossy, feminist, sexually open society, complicated the image for ladies themselves. Weisser compares diversified narratives—historical and modern from excessive literature and “low” genres—discussing novels by means of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, Victorian women’s magazines, and D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Disney videos; well known Harlequin romance novels; masochistic love in motion pictures; pornography and its dating to romance; and fact television and net advertisements as romantic tales.
Ultimately, Weisser indicates that the narrative models of the Glass Slipper may be taken as heavily because the Glass Ceiling as we see how those representations of romantic love are supposed to tell women’s ideals and targets. during this publication, Weisser’s objective isn't really to shatter the Glass Slipper, yet to determine via it.
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