Popular Romance Fiction

Come join us for Popular Romance Fiction, a 4-credit, undergraduate (sophomore/junior level) literature course offered by McDaniel College.  July 8 through August 9, 2013.


It’s online.  Anyone with an internet connection can take this course.


It’s asynchronous.  In other words, you sign onto the course when your schedule permits.  You will never be required to be in front of your computer at any set time in order to attend class.  You attend class on your schedule, because the course is available on the College’s Blackboard server 24/7.


Dr. Kathleen Miller (kmiller@mcdaniel.edu), specialist in nineteenth-century British lit, the gothic, disability studies, and romance fiction.

Course description:

Popular Romance Fiction will be an investigation of the most popular form of fiction in the western world:  the romance novel.  Readings begin with the advent of the modern form of the romance novel in England in 1740, but are drawn mostly from the nineteenth-through-twenty-first century romance novel.

We will be reading the following romances:

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Boomerang Bride, Fiona Lowe
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  • Jane, April Linder
  • Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
  • Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
  • Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Students will explore the popularity of romance fiction, and consider its depiction of courtship and sexuality through a variety of critical approaches including formalist, feminist, and gender studies. Assignments will include regular contributions to the course’s discussion board, an active presence on social media related to the romance writer/reader community, short writing assignments, an argumentative essay, and a web portfolio.

To register:

Drop Pam Regis an email pregis@mcdaniel.edu and she will email you the brief enrollment form and instructions.  You do not have to be admitted to McDaniel College through our regular admissions process in order to take this course.


$1570 to take ENG 2272-OL Popular Romance Fiction for 4 credits. $785 to audit.

Enrollment deadline:  July 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Recess begins
November 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
Thanksgiving - College Closed
November 26, 2014, 12:00 am
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
November 26, 2014, 8:30 pm
Spring graduate registration begins
December 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Classes resume
December 1, 2014, 8:00 am
Jazz Night at Decker College Center
December 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
Undergraduate classes end
December 5, 2014, 12:00 am
College Band Concert at WMC Alumni Hall
December 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
Reading Days
December 6, 2014, 12:00 am
Carroll County Studio Tour at Art Studio
December 6, 2014, 10:00 am
Gospel Choir Concert at WMC Alumni Hall
December 7, 2014, 3:00 pm
Undergraduate examinations begin
December 8, 2014, 12:00 am
Late Night Breakfast at Englar Dining Hall
December 8, 2014, 9:00 pm
Undergraduate semester ends
December 12, 2014, 12:00 am
Graduate semester ends
December 13, 2014, 12:00 am