Books c18 Genre

I just can’t help myself.

Some days I think I should just call this blog “Genre Snootinesswatch.” In an otherwise interesting, if a bit overly cute, article on annotated editions of novels in (yet again) the NY Times, William Grimes writes:

Extreme devotees of Austen do not simply enjoy the novels, they want to sit in the living room at Longbourn with the Bennet sisters, drinking tea and analyzing Darcy’s behavior. An entire subliterary genre, the Regency romance, exists to satisfy this desire.

Uh, a “subliterary genre”? Not, say, a “literary subgenre”? Or even, perhaps more accurately, a “marketing subgenre”?

Sigh.

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