Spring 2023

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.

Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Shandilya.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to juniors and seniors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: critical thinking, reading intensive, essay writing, and oral presentations.

ENGL 372 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM WEBS 220

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Pride and Prejudice Oxford University Press Jane Austen Amherst Books TBD
You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty: A Novel IPS Akwaeke Emezi Amherst Books TBD
Season of Migration to the North New York Review Books Tayeb Salih Amherst Books TBD
In at the Deep End HOUGHTON Kate Davies Amherst Books TBD
Detransition, Baby: A Novel Berkley Torrey Peters Amherst Books TBD
An American Marriage: A Novel WORKMAN Tayari Jones Amherst Books TBD
It's in His Kiss Harper Collins Julia Quinn Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023, Fall 2023