Herrings Workers on Romance Covers

I don't think anyone will accuse Jane Liffen's article, published in a recent issue of Social Semiotics, of being overly broad in its focus. It's title is: “A very glamorized picture, that”: images of Scottish female herring workers on romance novel covers. Here's the abstract:
This article analyses portrayals of Scottish female herring workers on the covers of romance novels and investigates how far these representations conform to, or subvert, the genre of romantic fiction. Covers are analysed to establish whether they accurately portray Scottish female herring workers at their labour. If romanticisation of the women's working role is evident, the ways in which this manifests itself and the possible reasons for this romanticisation are examined. Composition of images and the mise-en-scene of covers are analysed, as well as aspects concerning the narratives of the novels, and elements of herring processing work that are noticeably absent in the depictions are also considered. These elements excluded from the covers are examined through theory relating to the abject in an attempt to ascertain whether the covers potentially provide models of female empowerment for the reader.

And here are some of the romance novel covers in question.



I'll spare you the trouble of reading the article by summarizing its findings. Gutting herrings is smelly, dirty work. This is not accurately portrayed on romance covers. (Thanks to Dave Monroe!)
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 07, 2009
     Category: Literature | Gender





Comments
The point they are trying to make is...............


Aw hell. I don't get it either.
Posted by Paul in Athens GA on 04/07/09 at 12:11 PM
*insertion*

This blind guy passes a fishmonger's, tips his hat, and says, "'Morning ladies."
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/07/09 at 12:39 PM
kingmonkey
I guess you got into pizza delivery for the wrong reason.
Posted by Paul in Athens GA on 04/07/09 at 03:28 PM
LOL My advertisement is for Papa John's!!!
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 04/07/09 at 03:50 PM
the idea that the job is romantic is just a red herring. :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/07/09 at 04:13 PM
Well, if we are to believe all that we see on romance novel covers, then we must all believe there is a woman in medieval attire with three arms

Remeber this one folks 😊
Posted by vegas_girl in Vegas Baby!! on 04/07/09 at 04:47 PM
Ah, sweat memories of a bygone era, Vegas Girl.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/08/09 at 09:37 AM
This whole story smells fishy to me.
Posted by Paul in Athens GA on 04/08/09 at 09:54 AM
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