- 法政大学大学院 国際日本学インスティテュート専攻委員会
- 国際日本学論叢 = 国際日本学論叢 (ISSN:13491954)
- vol.11, pp.五四(39)-三三(60), 2014-03-18
The romance novel or romantic novel is a literary genre. The history begin Samuel Richardson's popular 1740 novel "Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded". Now romance fiction comprises 48.8% of all popular paperback fiction sold in North America. This genre is popular in Europe and Australia, and translated in 90 languages. Romance novels place their primary focus on the relationship and "romantic love" between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.How the meaning of the "romantic love" is understood by women?For the purpose of studying the genre "Romance", this article pursues the effect and influence of mainly women' s reading upon the understanding of "romantic love" in the English Language Countries.