Teaching Romance

How is popular romance taught? Professors talk about teaching romance novels as literature, craft, history, and social commentary.

Teaching Fifty Shades of Grey

Film still, Jessie Matthews interview

Professor Jessie Matthews takes on Fifty Shades of Grey and its runaway popularity in her undergrad popular romance literature course.

Overexposed and undervalued

Film still, Pamela Regis interview, Popular Romance Project

Scholar Pamela Regis teaches popular romance as an interdisciplinary subject.

Busting stereotypes

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George Mason University professor Jessie Matthews shifts student and professor prejudices against romance with her romance literature class.

Roots of romance

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In her romance literature class, professor Jessie Matthews compares romance novels’ structures to those of ancient archetypal myths, legends, and folktales

It’s a process

Film still, Pamela Regis interview, Popular Romance Project

Pam Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel, jumpstarted an online writing romance course–with Jennifer Crusie.

Community and writing

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When authors come together, they’re eager to form their own communities, says Seton Hill’s Albert Wendland.

Tyranny of choice

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You’re teaching a class on romance novels, and only have time to cover a few books. Which do you choose? Professor Jessie Matthews explains her choices.

Teaching the romance

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George Mason University professor Jessie Matthews shares her reasons for designing an undergraduate literature course on romance novels.

Learning from other genres

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Prospective writer? Read up on–and in–genres other than your own to bring spark and new understanding to your work, says Albert Wendland of Seton Hill.

Teaching inspirationals

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Scholar Eric Selinger describes how he incorporates inspirational romance novels in his popular romance courses.