Katharine Ashe (Katharine Dubois) and I are very excited to announce our Fall 2014 course at Duke on The Romance Novel. We’re delighted to be engaging in this discussion in such a dynamic intellectual environment and excited about the opportunities we’ll have to extend the discussion beyond the university walls, as well.
For Duke students who are interested, you can see more below. Note that the covers are just to give an idea of the type of books we will cover, plus others. We’ll post a full book list with the final syllabus. Students who are interested can contact either one of us at our Duke addresses or through our author websites. We can’t wait to engage in this discussion!
THE ROMANCE NOVEL
A course about writing and popular culture
Dr. Katharine Dubois (Katharine Ashe), History & Religious Studies
Laura Florand, Romance Studies
Mondays 4:40pm – 5:55pm
Yes. In this course you will read romance novels. You will also learn (the beginnings of) how to write one. You will even learn how to sell one in the marketplace. You will learn why and how this women-driven creative form that commands the US publishing market is called “trash.” You will study the birth of the modern novel in the 18th century all the way to the explosion of romance fiction in the late 20th. You will walk away from this course understanding more about American popular culture, big business and little-guy entrepreneurship than you can imagine. You will engage in a huge online public debate about popular fiction, femininity, masculinity, sex, power, money, entertainment and the publishing industry today. And we’ll have fun doing it.
(CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry, (W) Writing, (ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance,