Pursuing Happiness: Review and Excerpt

Pursuing Happiness: Reading American Romance as Political FictionJessica Avery at BookRiot chose Pursuing Happiness as one of her "top 10 favorite critical texts about romance novels":

This one is soooooooo good. I read it on interlibrary loan when I was still in school and definitely need to buy my own copy. The romance novel is not a uniquely American phenomenon—in fact it didn’t even get its start here. But ever since the romance boom post-1972 (the release year of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss) the romance genre, for better or worse, has been very America-centric. Vivanco examines the politics of the American romance novel, as well as the sources of its political identity. I took an American Realism and Naturalism class during grad school that Pursuing Happiness tied in with beautifully, so if either of those literary are[a]s are in your wheelhouse you should read Vivanco’s book.

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An excerpt in pdf format, including the whole of the introduction and the table of contents, can be found here.

An excerpt can also be found via Google Books.

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