College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 309: Topics in Literature

ENGH 309-001: Popular Romance Novel
(Spring 2017)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Robinson B224

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course investigates one of the best-selling genres in adult fiction, but one that gets little respect from literary critics and mainstream media: the popular romance novel.  We will read a range of romance novels as well as critical studies of the genre and its readers in order to examine the diversity of romance fiction and the diversity in romance fiction, the ongoing debates about its literary merit, and the influence of gender on a genre written primarily by women for women.

Requirements: regular reading responses, summary and analysis of one critical work, two papers. Possible field trip to Washington, DC. 

Novels under consideration for this course: A Prior Engagement: A Harlequin Super Romance (Bliss), Flowers From the Storm (Kinsale), Naked in Death (Robb/Roberts), Perfect Chemistry (Elkeles), Dark Lover (Ward), Attachments (2011), Indigo (Jenkins). 

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in cultural studies.

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in fiction.

Satisfies the English BA core requirement in minority, folkloric, or popular literary and cultural traditions.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Studies literature by topics, such as women in literature, science fiction, and literature of the avant garde. Notes: Topic varies. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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