Table of Contents

Introduction: feminism, rape law and romance fiction

Section I: Enduring Stabilities

Consent and intent: gendering subjectivity in rape law

Desire and love: gendering subjectivity in Harlequin Mills and Boon fiction

Section II: The Fortitude of Heroines

Victims and the dis/qualification of rape complainants

Heroines and the in/security of romance readers

Section III: Fear and Hope

False complain(an)ts and other legal fictions

Preferred readers and other romances

Conclusion: compelling engagements

Works cited

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