by Sarah MacLean Forty years ago, the modern romance genre began with the publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame & the Flower. While she certainly stood on the shoulders of Georgette Heyer and the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen, Woodiwiss changed publishing forever with a single, simple, high-concept idea: What if she wrote an adventure… Continue reading What Romance Teaches Us About Being Heroines
Did you know about this study guide by Paul Brians of Washington State University-Pullman for Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed? Professor Brians’s guide to The Handmaid’s Tale is terrific, too.
Acclaimed for her pitch-perfect accounts of rural black life and culture, Zora Neale Hurston explored new territory in her novel Seraph on the Suwanee—a story of two people at once deeply in love and deeply at odds, set among the community of poor white Southerners at the turn of the 20th century. Full of insights… Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston and the Marriage Plot
by Katharine Ashe Testimony: When I was young, I loved the Cinderella story. What’s not to love? Poor, hardworking, warmhearted girl beaten down by life gets rich, handsome, powerful guy, and—bonus!—gets to thumb her nose at the mean girls. As sanitized by Disney, with the addition of adorable mice, it’s pure charm. Then I went… Continue reading Cinderella Revisted (Or, Why I Teach the History of the Romance Novel to University Students)