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The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love

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Ann Brooks

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love is an multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary reference work essential for students and researchers interested in the field of love, romance and popular romance fiction. This first-of-its-kind volume illustrating the broad and interdisciplinary nature of Love Studies. International contributors including leaders in their field reflect a range of perspectives from cultural studies, history, literature, popular romance studies, American Studies, sociology and gender studies. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into 12 parts:

Love, Romance and Historical and Social Change

Love and Feminist Discourses

Love and Popular Romance Fiction

Love, Gender and Sexuality

Romancing Australia

South and Southeast Asian Romance Communities

Nation, Place and Identity in US Popular Romance Novels

Romantic Love and National Identity in Chinese and Taiwanese Discourses of Love

Muslim and Middle Eastern Romances

Discourses of Romance Fiction and Technologies of Power

Writing Love and Romance

Legal and Theological Fiction and Sexual Politics

This is an important and unique collection aimed at researchers and students across cultural studies, Women and Gender Studies, Literature Studies and Sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Ann Brooks


Love, Romance and Historical and Social Change

  1. What’s Love Got to do With It? Romance and Intimacy in the Age of Hooking Up
  2. David Shumway

  3. Shipping Anne/Henry: Love in Tudor Historical Romances
  4. Stephanie Russo

  5. Men and Women in Love: Courtship, Marriage and Gender in Late Medieval England
  6. Bronach Kane

  7. Georgette Heyer’s Unruly Eighteenth Century
  8. Stephanie Russo


    Love and Feminist Discourses

  9. A New Vision of Love: Diversity, Positive Sexuality and Cultural Change in America
  10. Catherine Roach

  11. Mobilities of Love
  12. Lynne Pearce

  13. Mobile Love: Affect, Moral Panics and the Erotics of Cell-phone in North India
  14. Purnima Mankekar

  15. ‘Big Little Lies’ - Feminist or Postfeminist Fiction? The Subversion of the Love Discourse in Liane Moriarty’s Novel and in the Series
  16. Ann Brooks


    Love and Popular Romance Fiction

  17. Love and Listening: the Erotics of Talk in the Popular Romance Novel
  18. Jodi McAlister

  19. What’s in a Romance Hero/ine’s Name? A Corpus Study of Gay and Straight Romance Character Names
  20. Ellen Carter

  21. House, Home and Husband in Historical Romance Fiction
  22. Sarah Ficke


    Love, Gender and Sexuality

  23. Towards a Progressive Black Sexual Politics: Reading African American Polyamorous Women in Patricia Hill Collins’ ‘Black Feminist Thought’
  24. Justin Clardy

  25. Self-Improvement as Proof of Love in ‘The Bromance Book Club’
  26. Jonathan Allan

  27. The #MeToo Movement, Ronan Farrow and the Fall of Sexually Abusive Men in Film and Television
  28. Ann Brooks

    PART V

    Romancing Australia

  29. Transported for Life, Transported by Love: Love and the Australian Convict Romance
  30. Hsu-Ming Teo

  31. ‘This Isn’t It’: The Fantasy of the Breakup in the Australian and American Bachelor/ette Franchises
  32. Jodi McAlister


    South and Southeast Asian Romance Communities

  33. Army Trenches and School Benches: The Philippine-American War as a Backdrop to Romance in the Sugar Sun Series
  34. Jennifer Wallace

  35. Shipping Larry Stylinson: What Makes Pairing Appealing Boys Romantic
  36. Andrea Ann Trinidad

  37. Peformances of ‘Reel’ and ‘Real’ Lives: Negotiating Public Romance in Urban India
  38. Meghna Bohidar


    Nation, Place and Identity in US Popular Romance Novels

  39. The Wild Heart of the Continent: Love and Place in Sherry Thomas’s Silk Road Romance Novels
  40. Eric Selinger

  41. Remembering Love: Parsons-Yazzie’s Historical Romance Novel and the (Re)writing of Navajo History
  42. Johanna Hoorenman


    Romantic Love and National Identity in Chinese and Taiwanese Discourses of Love

  43. The Fantasy of Love and Identity Crisis: (De)colonizing Desire and Nationality
  44. Fang-Mei Lin

  45. Cook for a Better Life: The Economy of Food and Sex in Chinese Web Romance
  46. Jin Feng

  47. Emotion and Empowerment-Romantic Love in Taiwanese Writer San Mao’s Wandering Literature and Life
  48. Huike Wen


    Muslim and Middle Eastern Romances

  49. ‘Girls of Riyadh’ and ‘Desperate in Dubai’: Reading and Writing Romance in the Middle East
  50. Amy Burge and Sandra Folie

  51. Reading and Writing Muslim Romances on Wattpad
  52. Claire Parnell

    PART X

    Discourses of Romance Fiction and Technologies of Power

  53. The Geopolitics of Love: Patriotism, Homeland and the Domestication of Violent Masculinities in US Paramilitary Romance Fiction
  54. Nattie Golubov

  55. ‘Roma’ Spelled Backwards: Love and Heterotropic Space in Contemporary Romance Novels Set in Italy
  56. Francesca Pierini


    Writing Love and Romance

  57. Disaggregating ‘Attraction’: Asexuality and Genre Critique in Alex Beecroft’s ‘Blue Steel Chain’
  58. Eric Selinger

  59. Disenchantment and its Discontents: ‘Modern Love’ and Irony in Popular Romance Fiction
  60. Eric Selinger


    Legal and Theological Fiction and Sexual Politics

  61. The Single-Mother and the Law: Romance Novels Making Room for Female Voices in Patriarchal Spaces
  62. Therese Dryden

  63. ‘and they shall become one flesh’: D.S. Bailey and the Theology of Romantic Love in Mid-twentieth Century Britain

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Ann Brooks is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in 2021. Ann has been a Visiting Professor at the Australian Catholic University since 2018. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Ann has previously held senior academic positions in the UK, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. She is author of Academic Women (Open University Press, 1997); Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms (Routledge, 1997); Gender and the Restructured University (Open University Press, 2001); Gendered Work in Asian Cities: The New Economy and Changing Labour Markets (Ashgate, 2006); Social Theory in Contemporary Asia (Routledge, 2010); Gender, Emotions and Labour Markets: Asian and Western Perspectives (Routledge, 2011) , Emotions in Transmigration: Transformation, Movement and Identity (Palgrave 2012) (with Ruth Simpson) Popular Culture, Global Intercultural Perspectives (Palgrave, 2014); Consumption, Rights and States-Comparing Global Cities in Asia and the US (Anthem Press, 2014) (with Lionel Wee) and Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (Routledge, New York, 2014 and 2016) (co-edited with David Lemmings). Recent books include Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacy and Desire: Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity (Routledge, 2017), Women, Politics and the Public Sphere (Bristol University Press/Policy Press, 2019), Love and Intimacy in Contemporary Society: Love in an International Context (Routledge, 2020).


"Staggeringly eclectic and yet with deep underlying unities, this remarkable volume redraws the map of love, romance, and sexuality in its tremendous historical and contemporary diversity.  Expertly edited by Ann Brooks, thirty-two essays shed fascinating light on love, from medieval Europe to twenty-first century America, from the Middle East to East Asia, from traditional forms of relationship to new revolutionary advances in gender, racial and sexual inclusiveness, in consent discourse, and in sexual justice.  A huge achievement."
 - Simon May, King’s College London, UK, author of Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion and Love: A History

"The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love is a wonderfully expansive collection of essays that breaks boundaries by expanding our understanding of romantic love. For the first time, critical studies in a global context are presented in conjunction, ranging from love in popular literature and film to historical texts, the effects of modernization, and the fan experience. With its exceptionally wide span of sources and interdisciplinary methodology, the Companion to Romantic Love explores love in varied forms -- traditional, transgressive, and among all sexualities and genders. By demonstrating that diverse models co-exist even within a historical period, a national culture, or a literary genre, this volume is indispensable for anyone interested in the growing field of critical love studies."

 - Susan Ostrov Weisser, Adelphi University, USA, author of The Glass Slipper: Women and Love Stories