Fall 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 the heterosexual romance such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and popular romance author Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, alongside queer films like Bros and trans-romances like Torrey Peters' Detransition, Baby . 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. Fall 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 Jane Austen Amherst Books TBD
In at the Deep End Kate Davies Amherst Books TBD
It's in His Kiss Julia Quinn Amherst Books TBD
Partners in Crime Alisha Rai Amherst Books TBD
An American Marriage Tayari Jones Amherst Books TBD
Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters Amherst Books TBD
Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Casey McQuiston Amherst Books TBD
Lord of Scoundrels Loretta Chase TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023, Fall 2023