Spring 2021

Reading the Romance

Listed in: English, as ENGL-372  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-365


Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 372 and SWAG 365) Do people the world over love in the same way, or does romance mean different things in different cultures? What happens when love violates social norms? Is the “romance” genre an escape from real-world conflicts or a resolution of them? This course analyzes romantic narratives from across the world through the lens of feminist theories of sexuality, marriage, and romance. We will read heterosexual romances such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, alongside queer fiction such as Sarah Waters’ Fingersmiths and Radclyffe Hall’s Well of Loneliness. We will also pay attention to the Western romantic-comedy film, the telenovela and the Bollywood spectacular.

This class will be taught online on Zoom. The class will include weekly Moodle posts, breakout rooms for small group discussions and in-class writing assignments that will be shared both orally by students and through the Chat function on Zoom.

Limited to 18 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Shandilya.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to juniors and seniors


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2021