By George Paizis
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The importance of motives, and therefore ethics, is a crucial difference between the stories of romances and fairy tales, the object of Propp's analysis. The romance is complex because the plot devices are used in a paradoxical way. ' The predominant test is the hero's or heroine's commitment 'to a set of ethical rules [... 38 Is it useful to look at romantic fiction as a modern myth, in the way that Wright examined the Western? Such a work would seek to locate the changes in romance as a function of the changing position of women in society.
The commercial and infrastructural relief of any new area of operation resists the mechanical transference of a company practice that has proved successful in the more established market systems of Europe, North America and elsewhere. However, as is revealed by the recent experience of the East European campaign, there is no reason to believe these problems are insurmountable, given a degree of political and commercial stability. What may prove more intractable are questions of linguistics and problems of editorial content: beyond the global images suggested by an Anglo-Saxon dominated mass culture, there is always a larger market to be won by greater flexibility, and this will be in constant tension with the needs for editorial uniformity.
Like the ogre in 'Puss in Boots', the romance can be made to adopt whatever attributes it, or rather the analyst, chooses. To the above functions, Mann adds a fourth. '46 But how is this feat achieved? Apparently by a denial of the empirical world of the reader and a reinforcement of her moral world. But the fictional denial of experience and the strengthening of morality are non-contradictory only if one takes experience and morality as fundamentally independent and autonomous of one another. Furthermore, to reinforce morality by providing escape from 42 Love and the Novel reality is to leave the latter unchanged.