Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Gender and Women's Studies

Second Department

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Reader 1

Margaret Waller

Reader 2

Piya Chatterjee

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I focus on the changing and now contemporary feminist conceptualization of romance fiction. Through the genre’s mass-market success and complicated history, a definition of ro·mance (genre) is conjured. By depicting a fantasy world for the female reader to escape to, feminist critics and romance academics have found the genre’s influence to be an effective one. In an analysis if popular romance fiction author, Emily Giffin, and her most recent novel The One & Only, I demonstrate what has now resulted in the modern romance and further, how the modern heroine is understood today.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.