Beyond the Novel

Go beyond the novel to explore depictions of romantic love in movies, television, comics, popular music, advertisements, and more. How are romance stories told off the page?

Black superhero romance

Comic art, Black Panther #9: Wild Kingdom, 2005, David Yardin, Marvel Entertainment

In 2006, Marvel celebrated the first marriage of black superheroes: weather-controlling mutant Storm and African ruler Black Panther.

Romancing objectification?

Film still, Ruby Sparks, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2012, 20th Century Fox

Have you read a romance starring a manic pixie dream girl? Meg Barker examines the trope in the movie Ruby Sparks.

The romance of WWII?

Photo, Fumiko Isumizawa and G McCaughey cutting their wedding cake, 25 Oct. 1952, Australian War Memorial, Flickr Commons

Was the reality of romance during World War II as satisfying as the images we see in popular culture? Scholar Karen Dunak takes a look.

Bond in love

Film still, Casino Royale, Martin Campbell, 2006, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

In James Bond’s world, the romance narrative must always fail. How and why? asks scholar Jayashree Kamble.

No Valentine’s Day

Image, Vintage Valentine's Day Postcard, Dave, Jan. 20, 2007, Flickr, Creative Commons

In the early 20th century, romance fought a battle against eugenics in the U.S.

Leader of the pack

Album cover, Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las, 1966, Mercury

Why were love songs that ended in death popular among U.S. teens in the ’50s and ’60s?

Truths about love

Film still, Try, P!nk, 2012, RCA Records

From love poetry to P!nk’s “Try,” artists and writers paint love and romance as a complicated creature, says scholar Eric Selinger.

For love’s sake

Film still, William Gleason, Popular Romance Project

In the 19th century, publishers began printing “story papers.” Some stories ended with an HEA, but others ended in insanity, tragedy, and regret!

Mrs. Robinson revisited

Promotional image, The Graduate, 1967, MGM

What if The Graduate had taken Mrs. Robinson’s desires and personhood seriously?

Is love universal?

Film still, Eric Selinger, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Is love the same around the globe? Scholar Eric Selinger say no – it has fascinating variations.