chapter  1
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Introduction

In describing modern romantic novels as a ‘lax sort of romance’1 Gillian Beer called attention to two important qualities of the genre: an element of fantasy, distancing the story from the everyday world of the reader, and the popular nature of the genre-‘lax’ suggesting a denigratory tone as well as the combination of verisimilitude and fantasy which gives such texts their ‘realism’.