Check out English lecturer Stephanie Harzewski’s Valentine’s Day-inspired book recommendations. Harzewski writes:
“As an instructor of such undergraduate standards as “The Rise of the Novel” and “British Literature, 1800-Present,” you might expect I’d take a traditional route when offering up a list of good Valentine’s Day reads. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), say, with its humble and plain governess who becomes a heroine through courage, self-possession, and a generous heart, or Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, whose Elizabeth Bennett is regularly singled out for her independent mind, quick wit, and resistance to marriage offers of convenience.
But…I couldn’t help but think of love in its many guises – romantic, filial, forsworn, taboo. Here, then, is a quintet of narratives that are a mix of traditional man-woman love plots and stories that brought me to the profession of teaching English with their artistry and haunting quality.”