This paper discusses the contribution cultural studies can make to a transformative, feminist adult education curriculum. It reports the findings of a case-study in which the study of popular romances was incorporated into an Access to Higher Education curriculum. Women participants identified the pervasive and potentially constraining influence of romantic discourses in the cultural products they regularly encountered and noted how aspects of their own lives were constructed in terms of these discourses. They developed strategies for imagining alternatives to the privileging of monogamous heterosexuality characteristic of popular romance, considered the structural factors contributing to the interplay of power within romantic relationships and reported changes in their personal and social lives resulting from their changed perspectives.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Studies in the Education of Adults|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 1999|