Tag: romance throughout history

Shall we dance?

Cover image, How to Dance: A Complete Ball-room and Party Guide, 1878, Tousey & Small, public domain

The Library of Congress’ collection of ballroom dance manuals lets visitors peek back into the history of one of the most romantic of pastimes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Interdisciplinary love studies

Photo, 154/365 - Heart for you, Olga Filonenko, Mar. 24, 2013, Flickr, creative commons

When we think about love, do we cast too narrow a net? Dr. Stephanie Evans makes the call to think more broadly about the many faces of love.

Diotima: Classical love

Photo, Roman female sarcophagus muses left side, Jonathan Dresner, 2008, Flickr

The website Diotima introduces visitors to love, romance, and the roles of women in the ancient classical world.

The Republic of Pemberley

Plate, Interiors, From Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816, Humphry Repton, T. Bensley and Son, public domain

What does it mean to be a Janeite? The Republic of Pemberley is one place to learn.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Photo, The Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, Alan Denney, 2012, Flickr, Creative Commons

Historic court records capture the married and romantic life of the lower classes in the Proceedings of the Old Bailey.