Romance
in The cultural politics of contemporary Hollywood film
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This chapter continues to explore intimate relationalities on screen by investigating the politics of social interconnection in terms of desire, love, and romance. We focus on rom-coms in particular. These mobilise political myths that naturalise and police heteronormative and hypermonogamous imperatives: gender polarisation and complementarity are reinforced, love’s mechanisms are represented as inevitable, and the search for love is elevated as any human being’s greatest quest.

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