ENGL 4710: Popular Genres: The Romance
Dr. Paula R. Backscheider
9082 Haley Center
Office Hours: Thursday, 2:30- 4:30
January 11: Introduction.
18: Martin Luther King Day
25: John Dryden, All for Love and Madame D’Aulnoy, The Isle of Happiness*
February 1: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
8: Austen continued; Pamela Regis, A Natural History of Romance, 75-84.
15: Nora Roberts, For Now, Forever and Pamela Ford, The Wedding Heiress
22: Continued discussion.
March 1: Test I. Robyn Donald, “Mean, Moody, and Magnificent: The Hero in Romance Literature”* in Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, 81-84; Catherine Carter, “Poverty, Payment, Power: Kathleen Thompson Norris and Popular Romance,"* Studies in American Fiction 36 (2008):197-220; Catherine Belsey, “Reading Love Stories”* from Desire: Love Stories in Western Culture, 21-41.
8: Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid* and Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Papers due March 10 OR March 22.
22: Test 2. Pamela Regis, A Natural History of the Romance Novel, pp. xi-16, 19-61, 107-23.
29: Tania Modleski, “Mass-Produced Fantasies for Women”* from Loving with a Vengeance, 1-25, and “My Life as a Romance Reader,”* Paradoxa 3 (1997): 15-28;
Lynn Coddington, “Wavering between Worlds: Feminist Influences in the Romance Genre,”* Paradoxa 3 (1997): 58-77; Catherine Proctor, “The Romance Genre Blues or Why We Don’t Get No Respect”* in Empowerment versus Oppression, 12-19.
April 5: Erich Segal, Love Story
12: Jane Barker, Love Intrigues* in Popular Fiction by Women, 1660-1730: An Anthology edited by Backscheider and Richetti; and Edith Wharton, House of Mirth
19: Wharton continued.
26: Group reports.
May 3: Group reports. Paper Due.
Final Exam: May, 7th 4-6:30p.m.
* On Blackboard
** On reserve at the library