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Romance Novels and The Secular Scripture by Northrop Frye

Dec 28, 2020

On this page, you’ll find a collection of resources for using The Secular Scripture as a way to think about the structure of the popular romance genre. These are a companion to the two episodes in which this was discussed with Dr. Angela Toscano. You can listen to both episodes (or read the transcripts) here:

073. Structuring Romance: The Secular Scripture pt 1 with Dr. Angela Toscano

074. Ma'am, this is Problematic: The Secular Scripture pt 2 with Dr. Angela Toscano

First up:

I took COPIOUS notes while reading, and drew many diagrams to help me capture Frye’s ideas. Here’s one that I drew to articulate the main character’s loss of identity and then return to identity at the end of the novel:


Explainers and Summary Resources: