Must Reads: Scholarly works on the romance genre

Romance novels have a long and fascinating history, all the way back to the beginning of the novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While there isn’t very much scholarship about romance novels (yet!) there are a few outstanding books focusing on the genre, its readers and its development from a few lady authors, like Jane Austen, scribbling stories in their drawing rooms to a billion dollar industry today. Here are must Must Reads for the romance scholar or the romance reader who just wants to know more about her beloved books.