The tragic love story (pt. 2)

Film still, Eric Selinger interview

Tragic love stories contain wisdom that complements the optimism of the American HEA, says professor Eric Selinger.

The tragic love story (pt. 1)

Film still, Eric Selinger interview

Romance novels’ HEA provides one sort of satisfaction, but what purpose do tragic love stories? Scholar Eric Selinger considers.

Embracing diversity

Film still, Rhonda Jackson Joseph interview

Author Rhonda Jackson Joseph remembers discovering black love stories before black romance lines existed.

Truths about Shakespeare

Lithograph, "Romeo & Juliet," c.1879, Metropolitan Litho. Studio, Library of Congress

Shakespeare’s sonnets, romantic? Scholar Robert Matz takes a closer look at these complicated poems.

The need to connect

Film still, Jenny Crusie - Why is romance popular?

Jennifer Crusie believes people read romance out of a need to explore deep, thriving emotional connections.

Being in charge

Film still, Bella Andre - What happened when you started self-publishing

Bella Andre believed that her novels could sell better, so she took matters into her own hands.

Phillis Wheatley

Film still, Darlene Clark Hine interview

Phillis Wheatley first captured some of the feelings of love and longing that would later appear in African American romance novels.

Discovering black romance

Film still, Darlene Clark Hine interview

Before African American romance novels were a flourishing subgenre, readers found stories of black love in periodicals, says Darlene Clark Hine.

The sentimental novel

Film still, William Gleason interview

After the Civil War, African American authors wrote optimistic love stories, until the brutal failure of Reconstruction strangled the genre.

Writing role models

Film still, Suzanne Brockmann, interview

Author Suzanne Brockmann takes the responsibility of writing heroines seriously.