The Romance Page

Romance Novels

You are required to read a substantial amount of a romance novel. The novel must have been written after 1975, and should not have been filmed. To be sure browse the internet with the title of your selected romance novel, to ascertain that there is no film by that name. The novel should feature, on its cover, a man and a woman in a passionate embrace. If you do not know what to choose, try one of the web sites below:

 An excellent place to get the kind of novel that is required is your local supermarket.

Selected Readings on Romance Novels

Regis, Pamela. A Natural History of the Romance Novel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

Daniels, Charlotte. Subverting the Family Romance : Women Writers, Kinship Structures, and the Early French Novel. Lewisburg and

London: Bucknell University Press ; Associated University Presses, 2000.

Dwyer, Rachel, All You Want Is Money, All You Need Is Love; Sex and Romance in Modern India (Cassell, 2000)

Duncan, Ian. Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel : The Gothic, Scott, Dickens. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Modleski, Tania, Loving With A Vengeance: Mass-Produced Fantasies for Women, Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1982.
Radway, Jan, Reading the Romance Z 1039 W65R32 1984
Ross, Deborah, The Excellence of Falsehood, PR 830 W6R67 1991
Kaplan, Cora, "The Thorn Birds: Fiction, Fantasy, Femininity," in Kaplan, Cora, ed., Sea Changes: Essays on Culture and Feminism (London: Verso, 1986), pp. 117-146.
Langbauer, Laurie, Women and Romance, PR830 W6L36 1990
Thurston, Carol, The Romance Revolution: Erotic Novels for Women and the Quest for a New Social Identity, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987