Beachcomber's Bed

Ms Jillian Watkinson (2007). Beachcomber's Bed MPhil Thesis, School of EMASH, The University of Queensland.

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Author Ms Jillian Watkinson
Thesis Title Beachcomber's Bed
School, Centre or Institute School of EMASH
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Venero Armanno
Bronwyn Lea
Total pages 414
Total black and white pages 414
Subjects 420000 Language and Culture
Formatted abstract
The Beachcomber’s Bed is a single-title romance novel. Written as third-person
linear narrative, the story focuses on the emotional journey of the heroine and
hero from the day of their meeting to the happily-ever-after resolution several
months later. As is expected of novels conforming to the romance genre, most
of the story is told from the perspective of the heroine, Frances, a woman made
vulnerable by external circumstances, in this case a philandering husband. There
is some subjective narrative from the hero, Anthony, the new love interest, to
increase the requisite sexual tension. Subplots involve forays into the family
lives of the protagonists, both to increase the obstacles along the path of true
love and to provide a semantic frame on which the author can hang a favourite
thesis or two.
The accompanying essay, “Usurping the Romance Genre to Convey Social
Messages”, explores my reasons for attempting to write a romance, and
compares The Beachcomber’s Bed with other contemporary romance novels and
the genre conventions employed by the romance writing industry. The essay
performs the purpose of enabling me, as a writer, to explore the tension between
the personal forces that give The Beachcomber’s Bed voice and purpose, and the
constraints imposed by the publishers and readers of genre fiction. Part One
considers my own evolution as a writer and my personal motivations for writing
a romance novel while Part Two examines the specific requirements of the
romance genre and how The Beachcomber’s Bed has adhered to and deviated
from the conventions, and Part Three comprises a discussion on the ways in
which I have used The Beachcomber’s Bed to usurp some of the dominant icons
of romance fiction to convey alternative social messages. Additionally, the
essay critiques aspects of The Beachcomber’s Bed evaluating characters,
structure and narrative style to determine if the novel conforms sufficiently to
the genre requirements be called a romance.

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