Bitchery regular who wishes to remain somewhat anonymous is looking for syllabus assistance, as she was deeply impressed with your work shaping the syllabus for Dr. Frantz’s syllabus last January. She writes:
The course I’m designing is primarily on the *rhetoric* of the romance (and just plain romance itself)—how it’s talked about, portrayed in the media, presented in bookstores, used in advertisting, etc. However, in order to give my students a better sense of the genre as a whole, I’d like to give them reading assignments from the primary source material.
Which is where the Bitchery comes in. Are there anthologies of diverse short romance fiction out there? Anthologies that have samples from paranormal,
suspense, regency, contemporary, even inpsirational? Are there anthologies that incorporate multi-ethnic, interracial, or basically anything other than all-white, all the time romances? If not, can the Bitchery recommend some short stories that I might build into a coursepack for my students? I’d like a diverse sampling from across the genres.
My own taste runs quite dramatically into novels (I have a rather deep-seated loathing of the short story as a genre), so I’m a little at a loss when it comes
to romance short fiction, and I’d like to be able to give them *something* to work from. Even novellas would be fine.
So – what’s your recommendation for anthologies. Is it possible to create a definitive romance anthology? I’ve never been one for the short story in the romance genre, but still – what’s your opinion on this one?