The seminar ‘Critical Approaches to the Modern and Contemporary Anglophone Romance Novel (From A Room with a View to Fifty Shades of Grey)’ was held at the Department of English of University of Basel in the Winter term of 2020. Articulated over fourteen weeks, the seminar introduces the students to the romance genre, following the development of the Anglophone romance novel from the beginning of the last century to the contemporary period. The syllabus is designed around a parallel exploration of primary texts alongside critical studies. The main goal is familiarizing students with the definitions, development, and cultural significance of popular romance fiction, educating them on the waves of scholarship on romance fiction, and exploring and problematizing the complex relationship between popular literature and literary scholarship. I share this report with the main intent of offering a platform for debate and the additional one of preserving and celebrating a truly unique and satisfying experience, professionally as well as personally. This report is also meant as a token of my gratitude to all the students who have attended both seminars and have, through their efforts and contributions, and despite the restrictions due to the pandemic, concurred to their success.
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