Women's fiction 1945-2005: writing romance

Deborah Philips

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored


Organised around each decade of the post war period, this book analyses novels written by and for women from 1945 to the present. Each chapter identifies a specific genre in popular fiction for women which marked that period, and provides case studies focusing on writers and texts which enjoyed a wide readership. Despite their popularity, these novels remain largely outside the 'canon' of women's writing, and are often unacknowledged by feminist literary criticism. Through her analysis of women's writing and reading, This book sets out to challenge the distinction between 'popular' and 'literary' fiction, arguing that neat categories such as 'popular', 'middle brow' and 'serious' fiction need more careful definition.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Number of pages162
ISBN (Print)0826487467
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Fiction, Women authors, Popular fiction, Gender identities


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