Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Help a Prof Out?

Hello, everyone!

Eric here, with a super-secret romance project in the works. I can't say what it is yet, but if I give you a hint, can you give me some help?

I need a catchy title for a project on Romance Fiction (or maybe Romance and Chick-Lit) and American Culture. I've been kicking around the usual words and phrases that come up in an American Studies context: "Pursuits of Happiness," "Liberty and Union," "Perfect Unions and Others," that sort of thing. None of them has grabbed me yet. They're too far from the genre, somehow.

So--what do you think? Any of those strike you as worth pursuing? Any clever plays on words, riffs on titles, and so forth? Something fun about ladies and liberties? I don't have a prize to hand out, or even a title, but I'll be mighty grateful, and make sure you get the credit.

Anyone out there who can Help a Prof Out?

(Lady Liberty print by Alfred Gockel, available for purchase here.)


  1. Oh yeah, I love coming up with titles.

    Here are my ideas:

    One Nation Under Pulp

    With Liberty and Lipgloss For All

    A Novel Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand


  2. "A More Perfect Union"

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  5. Sorry--was trying to consolidate.

    Remember the Ladies
    Taking Liberties
    For Love Or Country
    United We Stand

  6. Liberty and Lipgloss is wonderful! I don't know if we'll use it, but what a great zeugma, Lazaraspaste.

    "Taking Liberties" is also nice...picks up the Lady Liberty theme, gives it a twist...

    Keep them coming, everyone!


  7. Liberty and Libertines
    Belles of Freedom
    Liberty Belles (can you tell I like Regencies? ;)

  8. Miss American Pie?
    Love, American Style?

    ---tal, clever but not very original

  9. (American) Pride and Paramours
    Romancing US

    hmmmm... Man, I stink at hurtses.

  10. One nation under love?
    One nation under the covers?

  11. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Jimmy Choos

  12. Hmmm...

    Love, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

    (too long to carry a subtitle, but it's a good trio)

    Liberty and Happiness: Romance Fiction and American Culture (is love implied by Romance in the subhead, as Chick Lit is implied when you mention Jimmy Choos?)

  13. Playing around with what others have already posted:

    Love and Liberty
    Liberty and Pursuit

    I was trying to figure out what you could do with the phrase "certain inalienable rights" - thinking of the rights husbands would claim in historicals (would women claim them now?), but couldn't come up with anything even remotely interesting.

  14. I like "A More Perfect Union: Romance Fiction and American Culture" or "Liberty and Happiness: RF + AC."

  15. I like Sarah's first suggestion (AMPU: RF + AC).

    I can't help thinking of the end of Harriet Jacobs' narrative: "Reader, my story ends with freedom; not in the usual way, with marriage."

  16. I'll give it a try:

    Snark, Liberty, and Choice: The Romance Novel Comes of Age

    Liberty and Choice: Reflections of Romance and American Culture

    Liberty and Romantic Equality: The Romantic Heroine as a Reflection of American Culture