The Popular Romance Project
With Jessie Matthews
Posted on April 3, 2014
In her romance literature class, professor Jessie Matthews compares romance novels’ structures to those of ancient archetypal myths, legends, and folktales
Topics: Romance Scholarship | Teaching Romance
With Debbie Kaufman
Posted on April 15, 2013
Reading and writing let author Debbie Kaufman experience a “number of different lives.”
Topics: Writing Romance
With Jayne Ann Krentz
Posted on January 31, 2013
Author Jayne Ann Krentz believes that romance rests on core archetypes that remain unchanged.
With Eloisa James
Posted on January 3, 2013
At the 2012 National Book Festival, Eloisa James shared how she began writing romance.
By Jayashree Kamble
Posted on October 11, 2012
Do modern shapeshifting alpha heroes add to an old tradition of shapeshifting in stories, or are they something new?
Posted on June 21, 2012
What does the story of Pygmalion look like when you swap the characters’ genders? Jayashree Kamble looks at Judith Ivory’s The Proposition.
Topics: Romance Scholarship
By Pamela Regis
Posted on June 14, 2012
Every romance features a tense moment of ritual death, when all seems lost. Scholar Pam Regis looks at where that tradition came from.
By Linda Lee
Posted on March 22, 2012
Were fairy tales originally all that romantic? Not by modern standards, says scholar Linda J. Lee.
Topics: Beyond the Novel | Romance Scholarship
Posted on March 15, 2012
Category romances can demonstrate sophisticated themes drawn from classical archetypes, says scholar Jayashree Kamble.
By Eloisa James
Posted on February 9, 2012
Romance readers are hungry for fairy tales adapted to grapple with ancient and modern philosophical questions, says author Eloisa James.
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