In the week preceding the conference we were besieged by newspaper, radio and television reporters all wanting to know where romance fitted into contemporary feminist debates as signalled by the Independent's headline, 'Feminists: Their True Story'. On this last point it is significant that, even after interviews in which we carefully stated our position as one of 'critical and sympathetic enquiry', the media remained on the whole stubbornly insistent upon a positive or negative feminist verdict on the subject of romance. We were thus simultaneously billed as part of the 'backlash against feminism' women wanting to allow romance back into their lives after two decades of feminist disapproval and as 'radical killjoys' out to rob women of their most basic pleasures!
The reporter from the Sunday Express , for example, was utterly convinced that the whole point of the event was to deplore the fact that 'women still turned in their thousands to the suave, horse-riding heroes of paperbacks' Kermode, An unknown error has occurred.
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Synopsis After decades of feminism and deconstruction, romance remains firmly in place as a central preoccupation in the lives of most women. Excerpt This book has its origins in the Romance Revisited conference which was hosted by the Centre for Women's Studies at Lancaster University in March , and was inspired by our shared conviction that it was time to put romance back on the feminist agenda.
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