4:00-5;15 MW BH 317 *Carries AHLA Credit* Before the novel, there was the romance. Romances became the preferred form of entertainment in the late Middle Ages long before they degenerated into today's Harlequin-type novels. In this course we will explore the structural continuity, the inherent themes, and the evolution of the romance genre. We will study romance chronologically, beginning with its origins in Greek epic and ending with works of nascent realism that parody this genre. Requirements: 3 papers (4-6 pages in length), 2 exams (midterm and final), and one research project/presentation.