ClitLit – Women, Romance Fiction and Patriarchal Discourse

December 22, 2009

Goldmine! – Quick Shots

Filed under: quick shots — Jodi @ 2:49 am
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I was wandering around on my lunch break and I think I may have found the most awesome thing ever – a box set of six Mills and Boon novels from the 50s!

I’ve talked a bit about old skool and new skool romance (definitions belong to Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, I cannot claim their radness for myself) but even old skool really only encompasses the 70s and 80s – I’ve never been further back than that before. So reading these fifty year old category romances is going to be oh-so-very-interesting… and hopefully will give me a lot of stuff to compare to between eras! It’ll be interesting doing comparative studies – Kiss Your Elbow meets Getting Physical!

There’s one called Virgin With Butterflies. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays into the virgin archetype I touched on this morning… (it looks like they were much better at naming books then. Who would take The Italian Boss’s Mistress of Revenge over You Never Know With Women?)

ETA: So they’re not romance. Oh well. They’re still an interesting example of pulp fiction, nonetheless!



  1. If you’ve found the Harlequin Vintage Collection (and I think, looking at the titles, that you have), then they’re not old Mills & Boons. They’re also not romances, from what I can gather, but crime fiction (someone in the comments section here described them as “NOIR crime fiction, as hard-boiled and gritty as it comes”).

    Comment by Laura Vivanco — December 22, 2009 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • That’s a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, I’m sure it’ll still make for an interesting study.

      Comment by Jodi — December 22, 2009 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

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