Puget Sound English Department

July 9, 2009

Scholars Take on Romance-Genre

Filed under: Creative Writing,Literature — O. @ 2:58 pm
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bly(Scholar, professor, and romance-writer Mary Bly; photo courtesy HarperCollins)

As a recent article in USA Today (July 7, 2009, page 1-D) noted, scholars of literature have taken on the genre of the romance novel–in more ways than one. The article, “Hipsters Lust for Romance: Scholarly Writers Empower Women In Derided Genre,”  mentions Pamela Regis, a professor of English at McDaniel College, who wrote A Natural History of the Romance Novel. It also includes comments from Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, authors of the forthcoming study, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels (Fireside Books).

But another professor, Mary Bly (daugher of poet Robert Bly and fiction-writer Carol Bly), actually writes romances–under the pen-name Eloisa James. She earned degrees from Yale and Oxford and teaches at Fordham. Her novels include This Duchess of Mine and Duchess By Night.

Here is a link to another article about Bly:


The USA Today article refers as well to scholar Eric Selinger, who teaches at DePaul University and organized a conference on romance novels and criticism devoted to the genre.

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