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)

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