1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction

    578 Pages
    by Routledge

    578 Pages
    by Routledge

    Popular romance fiction constitutes the largest segment of the global book market. Bringing together an international group of scholars, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction offers a ground-breaking exploration of this global genre and its remarkable readership. In recognition of the diversity of the form, the Companion provides a history of the genre, an overview of disciplinary approaches to studying romance fiction, and critical analyses of important subgenres, themes, and topics. It also highlights new and understudied avenues of inquiry for future research in this vibrant and still-emerging field. The first systematic, comprehensive resource on romance fiction, this Companion will be invaluable to students and scholars, and accessible to romance readers.


    Jayashree Kamblé, Eric Murphy Selinger, Hsu-Ming Teo


    1   History of English Romance Novels, 1621–1975

    jay Dixon

    2   The Evolution of the American Romance Novel

    Pamela Regis

    3   Australian Romance Fiction

    Lauren O’Mahony


    4   Gothic Romance

    Angela Toscano

    5   The Historical Romance

    Sarah H. Ficke

    6   Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

    María T. Ramos-García

    7   Young Adult Romance

    Amanda K. Allen

    8   Inspirational Romance

    Rebecca Barrett-Fox and Kristen Donnelly

    9   Erotic Romance

    Jodi McAlister

    10   African American Romance

    Julie E. Moody-Freeman

    11   Explorations of the "Desert Passion Industry"

    Amira Jarmakani


    12   Romance in the Media

    Jayashree Kamblé

    13   Literary Approaches

    Eric Murphy Selinger

    14   Author Studies and Popular Romance Fiction

    Kecia Ali

    15   Social Science Reads Romance

    Joanna Gregson and Jennifer Lois

    16   Publishing the Romance Novel

    John Markert

    17   Libraries and Popular Romance Fiction

    Kristin Ramsdell


    18   Class and Wealth in Popular Romance Fiction

    Amy Burge

    19   Sex and Sexuality

    Hannah McCann and Catherine M. Roach

    20   Gender and Sexuality

    Jonathan A. Allan

    21   Love and Romance Novels

    Hsu-Ming Teo

    22   Romance and/as Religion

    Eric Murphy Selinger and Laura Vivanco

    23   Race, Ethnicity, and Whiteness

    Erin S. Young

    24   In Response to Harlequin: Global Legacy, Local Agency

    Kathrina Mohd Daud


    Jayashree Kamblé is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College in the City University of New York. She is the author of Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology (2014) and a Vice-President of the International Association of the Study of Popular Romance.

    Eric Murphy Selinger is a Professor of English at DePaul University, Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, and President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. He is the author of What Is It Then Between Us? Traditions of Love in American Poetry (1998) and co-editor of New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction (2012) and Romance Fiction and American Culture (2016).

    Hsu-Ming Teo is a novelist and cultural historian at Macquarie University, Australia, where she is an Associate Professor of literature and creative writing. Her academic publications include her monograph Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012), and the edited books The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia (2017) and Cultural History in Australia (2003).