How the novel has changed or impacted:
– Perceptions of the romance genre as womens reading or chick lit
– Perceptions of the romance genre as worthless, or not serious literature
– The role of the romance in popular media, considering adaptations for TV and movies
– The history of the romance, including novels that we valorize which were the romances of their time
– Reading habits of romance readers
– The role of psychology in the genre, both in the stories that are told and the driving force behind the readers interest (or obsession)
– Where, when, and how romance readers read their novels
– How we study (or dont) romance novels in colleges and universities