Abstract

abstract:

In several of the scores of romance novels she published between the 1980s and the early 2000s, bestselling American author Nora Roberts limns whiteness by deploying black characters as sacrifices or sidekicks. In her recent novels (2016–19), villainous white characters who express racist sentiments become scapegoats, obscuring racism's broader structural and cultural dimensions. At a time when discrimination within romance publishing and award-giving has gained attention, it is vital to explore how the genre continues to center white readers and white identities, even while explicitly condemning racism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2380-7687
Print ISSN
2380-7679
Pages
pp. 149-168
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-18
Open Access
No
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