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Macdonald, Andrew, Gina Macdonald, and MaryAnn Sheridan. 2000.
Shape-shifting: images of Native Americans in recent popular fiction. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. (Chapter on The Romance Genre: Welcome to Club Cherokee). Excerpt.
Maher, Jennifer, 2001. 
'Ripping the Bodice: Eating, Reading, and Revolt', College Literature, 28.1:64-83.
Makinen, Merja, 2001. 
Feminist Popular Fiction. (New York: Palgrave). [Includes a chapter on 'The Romance' - for table of contents see here. This chapter gives an overview of much of the feminist criticism of the genre (both positive and negative) and concludes with three case studies, only two of which Makinen really considers to be romances: Susan Napier's Deal of a Lifetime and Lisa Shapiro's Color of Winter.]
Malinowska, Anna, 2017. 
'Paternal Structures of the Romance', Romanica Silesiana 12: 40-52. Abstract and pdf
Mangat, T.K., 1998. 
'The surgeon in popular fiction - The Mills and Boon doctor-nurse romance', Theoretical Surgery, 3.2:89-92.
Mann, Peter H., 1969. 
The Romantic Novel: A Survey of Reading Habits (London: Mills & Boon). **
Mann, Peter H., 1974. 
A New Survey: The Facts About Romantic Fiction. (London: Mills & Boon). **
Mann, Peter H., 1979. 
‘Romantic Fiction and its Readers’ in Entertainment: A Cross-Cultural Examination, ed. H.D. Fischer & S. R. Melnick (New York: Hastings House), pp. 34-42. **
Mann, Peter H., 1981. 
'The Romantic Novel and its Readers', Journal of Popular Culture, 15.1: 9-18.
Mann, Peter H., 1985. 
'Romantic Fiction and Its Readership', Poetics, 14.1-2: 95-105.
Margolies, David, 1982-1983. 
Mills & Boon: Guilt without Sex’, Red Letters, 14: 5-13.
Margolis, Harriet, 1992. 
'Feminist Irony or Poisonous Fantasy?: Category Romance and the Conscious Reader,' Yearbook of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Fine Arts. Ed. William E. Grim and Michael B. Harper. 3. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press. 165-78.
Margolis, Harriet, 1995. 
“The Lover's Value(s): Women's Romance Novels in an Exchange-Based Society.” Conference Papers (New Zealand Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting, 1994). 78-82.
Margolis, Harriet, 1997. 
"A Childe in Love, Or Is It Just Fantasy? The Values of Women's Genres." Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres 3.1-2: 121-144.
Markert, John, 1985. 
'Romance Publishing and the Production of Culture', Poetics, 14.1-2: 69-93.[1]
Markert, John. 1987. 
"The Publishing Decision: Managerial Policy and Its Effect on Editorial Decision Making-The Case of Romance Publishing." Book Research Quarterly 3, no. 2: 33-59.
Markert, John, 2016. 
Publishing Romance: The History of an Industry, 1940s to the Present. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. Abstract and table of contents
Markert, John, 2017. 
“God is Love: The Christian Romance Market.” Publishing Research Quarterly. Online First. Abstract
Marks, Pamela. 1999. 
'The Good Provider in Romance Novels', in Romantic Conventions, see below, pp. 10-22. Excerpt
Martin, Darcy, 2003. 
'Womanhood Reinvented: Eve Dallas, Protagonist in J. D. Robb's "In Death" Series', The 2000-2003 Proceedings of the SW/Texas PCA/ACA Conference, Ed. Leslie Fife, pp. 1989-2019. Whole proceedings online here.
Matelski, Elizabeth, 2016. 
'"I'm Not the Only Lesbian Who Wears a Skirt": Lesbian Romance Fiction and Identity in Post-World War II America', Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? Ed. William A. Gleason and Eric Murphy Selinger (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate), pp. 71-88.
Matthews, Amy T., 2016. 
'The Hopeful Romantic', Kill Your Darlings 27: 44-56. ["Is it possible to be both a romance writer and a feminist? And if so, how might the romance genre contribute to the advancement of women's rights?"]Details
Matthews, Amy T., 2016. 
'Entangled: the exegetical process of a romance writer', Arts and Humanities as Higher Education December 2016. [2]
Mayfield, Kerrita K., 2014. 
"Liminal eRoticism: Emerging Forms of Gender Identity and Performance in e-Romances and Their Feminist Electronic Communities." Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education 14.1: 55-72.[3] [Note that pagination is different in version available here]
Mason, Gillian, 2008. 
'Rosemary Rogers', Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 2.2/3. [Formerly at [4]. This link no longer works but a pdf of the entire issue can be downloaded from [5]].
Masteller, Jean Carwile, 1996. 
'Romancing the Reader: From Laura Jean Libbey to Harlequin Romance and Beyond', in Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes: Dime Novels, Series Books, and Paperbacks, ed. Larry E. Sullivan, and Lydia Cushman Schurman (New York: Haworth Press). 263-84. excerpt
Matthews, Jessica, 2014. 
"Studying the Romance Reader, Then and Now: Rereading Janice Radway’s Reading the Romance." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4.2.[6]
Maynard, Lee Anna, 2008. 
'LaVyrle Spencer', Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 2.2/3. [Formerly at [7]. This link no longer works but a pdf of the entire issue can be downloaded from [8]].
Mazloomian, Maryam, and Nahid Mohammadi. 2018. 
“Discursive Vulnerability and Identity Development: A Triangular Model of Bio-Forces in Cultural Ecological Analysis of American Romance Fiction.” Forum for World Literature Studies, vol. 10, no. 3, Sept. 2018, pp. 413–432.
McAleer, Joseph. 1990. 
'Scenes from Love and Marriage: Mills and Boon and the Popular Publishing Industry in Britain, 1908-1950', Twentieth Century British History, 1.3: 264-288.
McAleer, Joseph, 1999. 
Passion's Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Contents page and excerpts available here. Pdf of the Introduction and Chapter 8 available available from here.
McAleer, Joseph, 2011. 
'Love, Romance, and the National Health Service', Classes, Cultures, & Politics: Essays on British History for Ross McKibbin, ed. Clare V. J. Griffiths, James J. Nott, & William Whyte (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 173-191. ["The rise of the 'Doctor-Nurse' romance in the 1950s coincided with the NHS and, in fact, helped to promote and reinforce it. Mills & Boon authors, most of them former nurses, were ambassadors for the system and would tolerate no criticism of it" (190).] Excerpt
McAlister, Jodi, 2014. 
'‘That complete fusion of spirit as well as body’: Heroines, heroes, desire and compulsory demisexuality in the Harlequin Mills & Boon romance novel.' Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 3.3: 299-310. Abstract
McAlister, Jodi, 2015. 
‘Breaking the Hard Limits: Romance, Pornography, and the Question of Genre in the Fifty Shades Trilogy.’ Analyses/Rereadings/Theories 3.2: 23-33.[9]
McAlister, Jodi, 2016. 
'Traveling Through Time and Genre: Are the Outlander Books Romance Novels?', Adoring Outlander: Essays on Fandom, Genre and the Female Audience, ed. Valerie Estelle Frankel (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland), pp. 94-105. Excerpt
McAlister, Jodi, 2016. 
'“You and I are humans, and there is something complicated between us”: Untamed and queering the heterosexual historical romance', Journal of Popular Romance Studies 5.2 (15 July 2016).[10] [Focuses on Anna Cowan's Untamed (2013).]
McAlister, Jodi, 2016. 
"Between Pleasure and Pain: The Textual Politics of the Hymen." Virgin Envy: The Cultural Insignificance of the Hymen. Ed. Jonathan A. Allan, Cristina Santos, and Adriana Spahr. London: Zed. 45-64.
McAlister, Jodi, 2018. 
‘ “Feelings Like the Women in Books”: Declarations of Love in Australian Romance Novels, 1859–1891’, Emotions: History, Culture, Society 2.1: 91-112. Abstract
McAlister, Jodi, 2018. 
‘Defining and Redefining Popular Genres: The Evolution of ‘New Adult’ Fiction.’ Australian Literary Studies 33.4 (2018).[11]
McAlister, Jodi, 2018. 
'The literary text as historical artifact: The colonial couple in Australian romantic fiction by women, 1838-1860', Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, No. 24: 38-51. Abstract
McAlister, Jodi, and Hsu-Ming Teo, 2017. 
"Love in Australian Romance Novels." The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia. Ed. Hsu-Ming Teo. North Melbourne, VIC: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp.194-222.
McAlpine, Rachel, 1998. 
The Passionate Pen: New Zealand’s Romance Writers Talk to Rachel McAlpine, (Christchurch, N.Z.: Hazard Press). [This seems to include interviews with Victoria Aldridge, Rilla Berg, Gloria Beven, Eva Burfield, Daphne Clair, Robyn Donald, Catherine Hay, Rosalie Henaghan, Miriam MacGregor, Mary Moore, Susan Napier, Jessie Nichols, Ivy Preston, Essie Summers, Rachelle Swift ]**
McCafferty, Kate, 1994. 
‘Palimpsest of Desire: The Re-Emergence of the American Captivity Narrative as Pulp Romance’, Journal of Popular Culture, 27.4: 43-56.
McCay, Mary A., 2001. 
'Love's Labors Won:Romance Fiction and the Politics of Love.' New Orleans Review, 27.1:171-183.
McCracken, Scott, 1998. 
Pulp: Reading Popular Fiction (Manchester: Manchester University Press). Chapter 3 is on 'Popular romance'. Excerpt
McKay, Jade and Elizabeth Parsons, 2009. 
‘Out of Wedlock: The Consummation and Consumption of Marriage in Contemporary Romance Fiction’, Genders 50.[12]
McKnight-Trontz, Jennifer, 2002. 
The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel (New York: Princeton Architectural Press). [This is about the cover art of romance novels from the 1940s to the 1970s] [Excerpt via Google Books, Description, small gallery of photos and an audio report from NPR radio, and search inside via Amazon - Index page and excerpts]
McLennon, Leigh, 2014. 
"Defining Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance: Crossing Boundaries of Genre, Media, Self and Other in New Supernatural Worlds." Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media 23. [13]
McLeod, Dion, 2017. 
"'Try-error-try-it': Love, loss, and the subversion(?) of the heteronormative romance story in Will Grayson, Will Grayson." Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature 25.1: 73-94. Abstract
McNamara, Sallie, 2000. 
"Georgette Heyer: the historical romance and the consumption of the erotic, 1918-1939." in All the world and her husband: women in twentieth-century consumer culture, (London: Cassell): 82-96. See Google Books
McNeil, Helen, 1981. 
'She Trembled at His Touch', Quarto (May 1981): 17-18. [According to Nickianne Moody, (see below for details of her essay, "Sex and the Single Couple") McNeil describes "five plot types in Mills & Boon fiction of the 1970s" (144). **
McReynolds, Louise, 1998. 
'Reading the Russian Romance: What Did the Keys to Happiness Unlock?", Journal of Popular Culture, 31.4: 95-108. Excerpt [The novel in question may not end with a happily-ever-after.]
McWilliam, Kelly, 2009. 
'Romance in foreign accents: Harlequin-Mills & Boon in Australia', Continuum 23.2: 137-145. Abstract and pdf.
Melman, Billie, 1988. 
Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties: Flappers and Nymphs (London: Macmillan). [Chapter 2 is titled "'Sex Novels': A New Kind of Best-seller"; Chapter 6 is titled "1919-1928: 'The Sheik of Araby' - Freedom in Captivity in the Desert Romance." Also of interest may be two of the chapters on "story papers": Chapter 7, "'A Lass of Lancashire': The Mill Girl as Emblem of Working-Class Virtues" and Chapter 9, "The Emigrant: Romance and the Empire."]
Ménard, A. Dana and Christine Cabrera, 2011. 
' ‘Whatever the Approach, Tab B Still Fits into Slot A’: Twenty Years of Sex Scripts in Romance Novels', Sexuality & Culture 15.3: 240-255. Abstract
Ménard, A. Dana, 2013. 
'Note from the Field: “Reflecting on Romance Novel Research: Past, Present and Future”, Journal of Popular Romance Studies 3.2 [14] [This article, which discusses responses to the 2011 article above, is also available as a pdf.]
Mendez Jose Luis, 1986. 
"The Novels of Corin Tellado." Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. 5:31-40. (Tellado is a Spanish author of romance novels)
Meyer, Michaela D. E., 2015. 
"Living the Romance through Castle: Exploring Autoethnography, Popular Culture and Romantic Television Narratives". The Popular Culture Studies Journal 3.1&2: 245-269.[15] [This includes a discussion of romance fiction, not just television romantic narratives]
Miles, Angela, 1988. 
‘Confessions of a Harlequin Reader: Romance and the Myth of Male Mothers’, Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, 12, no. 1-2: 1-36. ** Reprinted in The Hysterical Male: New Feminist Theory, Eds. Arthur & Marilouise Kroker (New York: New World Perspectives, 1991), pp. 92-131. [In March 1985 The Meliorist published an article summarising a lecture Miles gave, titled "Confessions of a Harlequin Reader."]
Miller, Jessica, 2015. 
"Passionate Virtue: Conceptions of Medical Professionalism in Popular Romance Fiction." Literature and Medicine 33.1: 70-90. Abstract and Excerpt
Milton, Suzanne, 2008. 
'Teaching the Romance Novel: An Introduction', Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 2.2/3. [Formerly at [16] and now (perhaps with a different title) at [17]].
Mirmohamadi, Kylie, 2015. 
"Love on the Land: Australian Rural Romance in Place." English Studies. Published online 19 Jan. 2015. Abstract
Mitchell, Diana, 1995. 
'If You Can't Beat'em, Join 'em: Using the Romance Series to Confront Gender Stereotypes', The ALAN Review, 22.2.[18]
Mitchell, Karen S., 1996. 
‘Ever After: Reading the Women Who Read (and Re-Write) Romances’, Theatre Topics, 6.1: 51-69. [As might be supposed from the title of the Journal, this is about drama: the author 'decided to stage a performance centered on the popular romance genre and the women who read these novels']
Modleski, Tania, 1980. 
‘The Disappearing Act: A Study of Harlequin Romances’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 5: 435-448.
Modleski, Tania, 1982. 
Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-produced fantasies for women (New York: Routledge).
Modleski, Tania, 1997. 
"My Life as a Romance Reader." Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres 3.1-2: 15-28. Reprinted in Old Wives’ Tales and Other Women’s Stories (New York: NYU Press, 1998).
Modleski, Tania, 1998. 
"My Life as a Romance Writer." Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres 4.9: 134-144. (See below for details of the reply to Modleski by Mussell). Reprinted in Old Wives’ Tales and Other Women’s Stories (New York: NYU Press, 1998).
Moffitt, Mary Anne, 1986. 
"Function of Hero and Heroine in Women's Formula Fiction: A Gaining of Self through Separation, Identification, and Assimilation." . Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (36th, Chicago, IL, May 22-26, 1986), 40 pgs. ERIC document ED274005.
Moffitt, Mary Anne, 1987. 
"Understanding the Appeal of the Romance Novel for the Adolescent Girl: A Reader-Response Approach." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (37th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 21-25, 1987), 46 pgs ERIC document ED284190.
Moffitt, Mary Anne, 1987. 
"Understanding the "Guidebooks" to Writing Romance Fiction as Reinforcement of Self through the "Formula" Model." Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Central States Speech Association and the Southern Speech Communication Association (St. Louis, MO, April 9-12, 1987), 25 pgs., ERIC document ED281250.
Moffitt, Mary Anne, 1993. 
"Leisure Fiction and the Audience: Meaning and Communication Strategies." Women's Studies in Communication 16.2 : 27-61. (Examination of the leisure practice called romance reading, pursued by two audiences distinguished primarily through age differences)
Montague, Holly, 1992. 
'Sweet and Pleasant Passion: Female and Male Fantasy in Ancient Romance Novels', in Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome, ed. Amy Richlin (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 231-249. [First page and, if you scroll down the page, an abstract.]
Moody, Nickianne, 1998. 
‘Mills & Boon’s Temptations: Sex and the Single Couple in the 1990s’ in Fatal Attractions: Rescripting Romance in Contemporary Literature and Film, ed. Lynne Pearce & Gina Wisker (London: Pluto), pp. 141-156.
Moody, Stephanie, 2010. 
"Women's Leadership in Romance Fiction Scholarship." Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Ed. K. O'Connor. (London: Sage), 941-947. Excerpt
Moody, Stephanie, 2014. 
"From Reading the Romance" to Grappling with Genre." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4.2.[19]
Moody, Stephanie, 2016. 
"Identification, Affect, and Escape: Theorizing Popular Romance Reading." Pedagogy 16.1: 105-123. Abstract
Moody, Stephanie, 2016. 
“Building Social Worlds: Examining Women’s Uses of Romance Novels.” Literacy in Practice: Writing in Private, Public and Working Lives. Eds. Patrick Thomas and Pamela Takayoshi. New York: Routledge. 32-45. Excerpt
Moody-Freeman, Julie E., 2016. 
'Scripting Black Love in the 1990s: Pleasure, Respectability, and Responsibility in an Era of HIV/AIDS', Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? Ed. William A. Gleason and Eric Murphy Selinger (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate), pp. 111-127.
Moore, Kate and Eric Murphy Selinger, 2012. 
'The Heroine as Reader, the Reader as Heroine: Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation', Journal of Popular Romance Studies 2.2.[20].
Moore, Laura M, 2019. 
"Sexual Agency, Safe Sex, and Consent Negotiations in Erotic Romance Novels." European Journal of Social Sciences 2.2: 92-96.[21]
Moore, Michael, and Daniela Kramer, 1999.
"Satir for Beginners: Incongruent Communication Patterns in Romantic Fiction." ETC: A Review of General Semantics 56.4: 429-37. First couple of paragraphs
Moran, Albert, 1990. 
'"No More Virgins": Writing Romance - an Interview with Emma Darcy', Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture, 4.1.[22]
Morgan, Paula, 2003. 
“Like Bush Fire in My Arms”: Interrogating the World of Caribbean Romance, Journal of Popular Culture 36.4: 804-827.
Morrissey, Katherine, 2014. 
'Fifty Shades of Remix: The Intersecting Pleasures of Commercial and Fan Romances', Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4.1.[23]
Morrissey, Katherine, 2014. 
"Rattling the Toolkit: Methods for Reading Romance, Gender, and Culture." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4.2.[24]
Morrissey, Katherine, 2015. 
“Steamy, Spicy, Sensual: Tracing the Cycles of Erotic Romance.” Women & Erotic Fiction: Critical Essays on Genres, Markets & Readers. Ed. Kristen Phillips. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 42-58.[25]
Morton, Leith, 2016. 
"The reinvention of romance: The rewriting, reception and censorship of 'ninjobon' in modern Japan." Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia 47: 85-115. Abstract
Mosley, Shelley, John Charles, and Julie Havir, 1995. 
'The Librarian as Effete Snob: Why Romance?', Wilson Library Bulletin, 69: 24–25.**
Moss, Gemma, 1993. 
'The Place for Romance in Young People's Writing', Texts of Desire: Essays on Fiction, Femininity and Schooling, ed. Linda Christian-Smith. (London: Falmer), pp. 106-???. Excerpt
Motte, Warren, 2012. 
"A Walk on the Sheikh Side." Formes Poétiques Contemporaines 9: 119-134. [Whole issue available for download.]
Moudileno, Lydie, 2008
"The Troubling Popularity of West African Romance Novels." Research in African Literatures 39.4: 120-132. [Abstract]
Muhomah, C, 2002. 
'What do women want?: Versions of masculinity in Kenyan romantic fiction,' English Studies in Africa, 45, no. 2 (2002): 77-90.
Mukherjea, Ananya. 2011. 
"Team Bella: Fans Navigating Desire, Security, and Feminism." In Theorizing Twilight: Critical Essays on What's at Stake in a Post-Vampire World, 70-83. Ed. Maggie Parke and Natalie Wilson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.
Mukherjea, Ananya, 2011. 
'My Vampire Boyfriend: Postfeminism, “Perfect” Masculinity, and the Contemporary Appeal of Paranormal Romance', Studies in Popular Culture 33.2.[26]
Mulhern, Chieko Irie, 1989. 
'Japanese Harlequin Romances as Transcultural Woman's Fiction', The Journal of Asian Studies, 48.1: 50-70.
Mussell, Kay J., 1975. 
'Beautiful and Damned: The Sexual Woman in Gothic Fiction', Journal of Popular Culture, 9.1: 84-89. Excerpt
Mussell, Kay J. 1983. 
'"But Why Do They Read Those Things?": The Female Audience and the Gothic Novel.' in Ed. Juliann Fleenor The Female Gothic, (Montreal: Eden Press) pp. 57-68.**
Mussell, Kay, 1984. 
Fantasy and Reconciliation: Contemporary Formulas of Women's Romance Fiction (Westport CT: Greenwood Press). Excerpts
Mussell, Kay. 1978. 
"Romantic Fiction." In Handbook of American Popular Culture, vol. 2, edited by M. Thomas Inge, 317-43. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.**
Mussell, Kay, 1997. 
'Where's Love Gone? Transformations in Romance Fiction and Scholarship', Paradoxa, 3.1-2: 3-14.
Mussell, Kay, 1997. 
'Paradoxa Interview with Jayne Ann Krentz', Paradoxa, 3.1-2: 46-57.
Mussell, Kay, 1997. 
'Paradoxa Interview with Nora Roberts', Paradoxa 3.1-2: 155-163.
Mussell, Kay, 1997. 
'Paradoxa Interview with Barbara G. Mertz', Paradoxa 3.1-2: 180-183.
Mussell, Kay, 1997. 
'Paradoxa Interview with Janet Dailey', Paradoxa 3.1-2: 214-218.
Mussell, Kay, 1997. 
'On-Line Romance', Paradoxa 3.1-2: 246-249.
Mussell, Kay, 1998. 
'Kay Mussell Replies to Tania Modleski', Paradoxa 4.9: 145-147.


Nakagawa, Chiho, 2011. 
“Safe Sex with Defanged Vampires: New Vampire Heroes in Twilight and the Southern Vampire Mysteries”, Journal of Popular Romance Studies 2.1.[27]
Nash, Walter, 1990. 
Language in Popular Fiction (London: Routledge). [Includes quotes from Barbara Cartland's The Naked Battle (104), Anne Weale's Bed Of Roses (106) and Summer’s Awakening, Claudia Jameson's Escape to Love and Barbara Perkins' Marina's Sister.] Excerpt
Ndalianis, Angela. 2012. 
The Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Includes chapter "Paranormal Romance: Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse and the Monsters Who Love Them."
Neal, Lynn S, 2006. 
Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press). [Description of the book and newspaper interview with the author about it.]
Neal, Lynn S., 2013. 
‘Evangelical Love Stories: The Triumphs and Temptations of Romantic Fiction,’ in Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel, ed. Robert H. Woods, Jr, vol. 2 (Santa Barbara: Praeger): 1–20.[28]
Neal, Lynn S., 2014. 
"The Politics of Popular Romance Studies." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4.2.[29]
Nelson, Elizabeth, 2015. 
"The Romance of Self-Publishing". Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries. Ed. Robert P. Holley. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2015. 149-157.[30]
Neuhaus, Jessamyn and John Neuhaus. 2015. 
"'Sometimes It Feels More Like a Commune Than a Town': Envisioning Utopian Possibilities in Robyn Carr's Virgin River Romance Novels." Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 37, no. 2, 2015, pp. 25-42.Excerpt
Neuman, Susan B., 1985. 
"The Uses of Reading Mass-Produced Romance Fiction." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, May 5-9, 1985), 23 pgs. ERIC document ED263528.
Neville, Lucy, 2018. 
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: Women and Gay Male Pornography and Erotica. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Excerpt [This includes some discussion of romance, which is why it's been added to the bibliography.]
Newns, Lucinda, 2017. 
"Renegotiating romantic genres: Textual resistance and Muslim chick lit." Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Online first. 1-17. Abstract
Neylon, Virginia Lyn, 2003. 
'Reading and Writing the Romance Novel: An Analysis of Romance Fiction and Its Place in the Community College Classroom', Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (54th, New York, NY, March 19-22, 2003). 20 pgs. ERIC Document ED477339. [Available on the web in html or as a Word document from the author's webpage]
Nielsen, Inge, 2000. 
"Caught in the Web of Love: Intercepting the Young Adult Reception of Qiongyao's Romances On-Line." Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 53.3-4: 235-253.
Nilson, Maria, 2013. 
"From The Flame and the Flower to Fifty Shades of Grey: Sex, Power and Desire in the Romance Novel," Akademisk Kvarter/Academic Quarter 7: 119-131.[31]
Nolan, Michelle, 2008. 
Love on the Racks : a History of American Romance Comics. (Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland). Description and link to table of contents.
North American Romance Writers, 1999. 
ed. Kay Mussell and Johanna Tuñón (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press).
Novak, Julia, 2014. 
"Nell Gwyn in Contemporary Romance Novels: Biography and the Dictates of 'Genre Literature'." Contemporary Women's Writing. Advance Access publication date: June 6, 2014.Excerpt ["examines the generic properties of Diane Haeger’s The Perfect Royal Mistress (2007), Susan Holloway Scott’s The King’s Favorite (2008), and Gillian Bagwell’s The Darling Strumpet (2011)"]
Nowicka, Katarzyna, 2010. 
"Romancing the Masses – Problems of Light Romantic Fiction Translation in Poland" in 3rd Annual International Conference on Philology, Literature & Linguistics, 12 – 15 July 2010, Athens, Greece. Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research.** [According to the abstract here, the paper "centre[s] around the formative role of translation in the process of light romantic fiction publishing, subordinate and passive position of the author and special responsibility of the editor who controls the procedure of trans-editing. The main impact is to be laid on the power relations between the Harlequin translator and the Publishing House represented by the editor. In addition, the figure of factory translator is to be presented in detail, considering professionalism, working conditions, environment and methods. The problems of mass literature rendition, such as haste, restrictions, standardization or commercialism, as well as translation mistakes resulting from them are to be presented and illustrated with the examples taken from the English and Polish issues of selected titles."]
Núñez Puente, Sonia, 2008. 
"The Romance Novel and Popular Culture during the Early Franco Regime in Spain: Towards the Construction of Other Discourses of Femininity." Journal of Gender Studies 17.3: 225-36. Abstract
Nye, David, 1988. 
"The Consumption of American Popular Culture." Text & Context: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 2.1: 85-93. (Harlequin Romances; relationship to popular culture; film; amusement park)
Nyquist, Mary, 1993. 
'Romance in the Forbidden Zone', in ReImagining Women: Representations of Women in Culture, ed. Shirley Neuman (ed. & introd.) and Glennis Stephenson (Toronto: U of Toronto Press),pp. 160-81.


O'Byrne, Patricia, 2008. 
"Popular Fiction in Postwar Spain: The Soothing, Subversive Novela Rosa." Journal of Romance Studies 8.2: 37-57. Abstract
O'Byrne, Patricia, 2014. 
"Susana March Alcalá: Sexual Abuse and Male Dominion" in Post-War Spanish Women Novelists and the Recuperation of Historical Memory. by Patricia O'Byrne. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Tamesis. 89-118. [This chapter discusses the novela rosa.] Excerpt
Odag, Özen, 2008. 
"Of Men Who Read Romance and Women Who Read Adventure Stories: An Empirical Reception Study on the Emotional Engagement of Men and Women while Reading Narrative Texts." New Beginnings in Literary Studies. Auracher, Jan, ed.; Peer, Willie van, ed. (Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars), pp. 308-329.
Oklopčić, Biljana, 2016. 
"Medieval heresy in Croatian historical romances: a case study of Marija Jurić Zagorka’s Plameni inkvizitori." Neohelicon (online first 10 August 2016). Abstract
Olivarez, Omar, Ryan Hardie, and Kate G. Blackburn, 2018. 
"The Language of Romance: An Open Vocabulary Analysis of the Highest Rated Words Used in Romance Novels." Journal of Language and Social Psychology. First Published August 18, 2018. Abstract
Olivier, Séverine, 2012. 
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O’Mahony, Lauren, 2014. 
'Australian rural romance as feminist romance?' Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 3.3: 285-298. Abstract
O’Mahony, Lauren, 2014. 
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O'Mahony, Lauren. 2017. 
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Osborne, Gwendolyn, 2002. 
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Osborne, Gwendolyn E., 2003. 
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Osborne, Gwendolyn E., 2004. 
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Osborne, Laurie, 2000. 
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Osborne, Laurie E., 2002. 
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Ostrov Weisser, Susan, 2013. 
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