Romance Scholarship

Scholars study popular romance from many disciplines. Learn about their work, including the study of romance worldwide and the establishment of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR).

The black feminist love story

"Zora Hurston, beating the mama drum," Library of Congress, 1937.

Their Eyes Were Watching God features a tragic love story. So what made it a model love story for future generations?

Optimism in U.S. Romance

Film still, Eric Selinger interview

Where did the American expectation of a happy ending to romantic stories originate? Scholar Eric Selinger looks back.

Where are the “fun” books?

Photo, Rainbow of Books, John Nakamura Remy, Sept. 26 2009, Flickr, Creative Commons

Why do university libraries often avoid stocking romance novels? University librarian Sarah Sheehan explores collection policies.

Romance in Indian cinema

Film still, Jayashree Kamble interview

While novels may be the dominant form of popular romance in the U.S., cinema dominates in India, says scholar Jayashree Kamble.

Overexposed and undervalued

Film still, Pamela Regis interview, Popular Romance Project

Scholar Pamela Regis teaches popular romance as an interdisciplinary subject.

The power of romance

Film still, Catherine Roach interview, Popular Romance Project

The romance narrative is one of the, if not the, most powerful narratives in existence, says scholar Catherine Roach.

Byronic alpha males

Film still, Sarah Frantz, interview

Scholar and editor Sarah Frantz traces the alpha male hero’s history from Byron to the present day.

German romance in the U.S.

Engraving, E. Marlitt, 1887, from Die Gartenlaube, Wikimedia

In the late 1800s, romance novels by German author E. Marlitt were big sellers in the U.S.

Stigma and surprise

Photo, Sociology Papers, Nov. 11 2013, Lettawren

Sociologists Joanna Gregson and Jen Lois examined their own prejudices as they studied romance readers and writers.

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.