I know this is probably not the thread for it...but I have a follow up question on this thought.OokamiKasumi wrote:LOL! I freely admit to reading way too many historical (traditional) Romance novels, and bodice-rippers.trooper6 wrote:OokamiKasumi, what a great post! I loved your discussion of traditional romance structure...and the class based analysis suddenly makes a number of things clear to me that weren't before.
So, although I'm an academic, I come from a working class background and find myself frustrated with works of art whose aesthetic normalizes and universalizes middle class morality too much. So now I understand why I've been too often annoyed by traditional romances. Basically, I want romance heroines who have working class femininity...which involves assertiveness and being active. I understand that historically novels have been marketed towards middle class audiences...but there have been genres marketed towards working class readers. So...do you have any recommendations of romances with working class heroines or working class aesthetics?
I mean the only stuff I know of that might fit my tastes are by Mae West...which I love. And maybe a few of the film musicals of the 1930s...like Golddiggers of 1933 or 42nd Street?
This reminds me bit of an article about the sexual forwardness of The Little Mermaid's Ursula and how society must frame this as evil. Here's a quote:
"Ursula the Sea Witch, from The Little Mermaid, seems a prime candidate to reclaim as tough love mentor, as directors Ron Clements and John Musker did themselves with Mama Odie; what other villains make “evil” schemes so perfectly tailored to help “victims” confront mental obstacles and achieve personal growth? Ursula actually shares many qualities with McCarthy’s character in Bridesmaids: she is sexually assertive, shameless, and models fat acceptance. She positively oozes anarchic vitality. We are drawn to these qualities in McCarthy but, as young girls, we learn through Ursula that they are grotesque and associated with evil. Theoretically. We’re not told why Ursula was banished from Triton’s palace, but she embodies “dark feminine” qualities that are routinely suppressed or mocked by our own culture. Ursula’s show-stopper, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls,” presents case studies of mermen and mermaids made miserable by culture. What this song really teaches is that internalizing cultural messages is a fatal weakness, and rejecting cultural conditioning is a source of great power. Small wonder that Ursula had to die the most gruesome onscreen death in all of Disney."
http://www.btchflcks.com/2015/02/reclai ... QTJhYb3arV
So...I've always preferred the sort of heroine that middle classes have found too forward and who therefore must end up having to be villains or dead. So...do you have book recommendations for things that might be up my alley in the realm of romance?