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The Popular Romance Project


The Popular Romance Project explores the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks. The Popular Romance Project includes several ambitious, high-profile, carefully integrated programs: a feature-length documentary, Love Between the Covers, for international television broadcast, focusing on the global community of romance readers, writers, and publishers, an interactive, content-rich website created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, allowing the website’s users to see romance novels in a broad context across time and place, an academic symposium on the past and future of the romance novel hosted by the Library of Congress Center for the Book

Proposal Co-Authors

Kelly Schrum


Alaina Harmon

Web Designer(s)

Chris Raymond


James McCartney
Chris Preperato

Staff Members

Lara Harmon

Content Experts

Mary Bly (Eloisa James)
Stephanie Coontz
Eli J. Finkel
Sarah S.G. Frantz
William Gleason
Darlene Clark Hine
Tara McPherson
Daniel Raff
Pamela Regis
Jack Santino
Eric Murphy Sellinger
Ronald Walters


Jesse Albro
Laurie Kahn
Joo Ah Lee


Screenshot 2014



“The Popular Romance Project,” RRCHNM20, accessed June 24, 2024, https://20.rrchnm.org/items/show/248.

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