Critical Analyses of Romance Novels
- Janice Radway. Reading the Romance. Chapel Hill, U of North Carolina P, 1991.
- Sarah Frantz and Eric Murphy Selinger. New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction. Jefferson, NC, McFarland, 2012.
- Tania Modleski. Loving With a Vengeance: Mass Produced Fantasies for Women. 2nd. ed. London: Routledge, 2007.
- Jayne Ann Krentz, Ed. Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance. 1992 (available as an eBook through NetLibrary. You can access NetLibrary via the Mason Library databases).
- Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan. Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels. New York: Fireside, 2009.
- Laura Vivanco. For Love and Money: The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance. Humanities-Ebooks, 2011.
- Jennifer McKnight-Trontz. The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
- Robert Stevenson’s Jane Eyre (1943), starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles. Still the best version of Jane Eyre in terms of capturing the gothic setting.
- Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre (2011), the most recent film adaptation starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
- George Melford’s The Sheik (1921)
Associations and Blogs
- The Popular Romance Project
- All About Romance: A Back Fence for Romance Novels
- International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and the Journal of Popular Romance Studies
- Romance Writers of America
- Charlotte Bronte: Victorian Web
- The Jane Austen Society of North America and The Republic of Pemberley
- Teach Me Tonight: Musings on Romance Fiction from an Academic Perspective
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Romance Novel Blog
- Caitlin Flanagan. “What Girls Want: A series of vampire novels illuminates the complexities of female adolescent desire.” The Atlantic December 2008.
- Lori Gottlieb. “Marry Him! The case for settling for Mr. Good Enough.” The Atlantic March 2008.