Half Heaven, Half Heartache

Half Heaven, Half Heartache: Discovering the Transformative Potential in Women's Popular Fiction - Linda Hilton

Written as a college thesis, this looks at articles and books with a focus on romance novels. As one could guess, most of what was written in regards to women's romance was either glossed over, dismissed, or insulted. It's hard to find anything that gives romance it's due, pointing out the positives, but also being constructive in criticisms.
For me, this didn't cover any new ground. I've read articles and opinion pieces regarding romance and opinions toward it. However, I liked that this approached this subject from an academic perspective. The source list is extensive and this was well researched.
Now, I've got a romance book to get to!