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  • Emily Davis
    Associate Professor
    University of Delaware
    Department of English
    316 Memorial Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-2370


    Emily Davis received her B.A. from Southwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to her arrival at UD, she held a postdoctoral fellowship in English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her current book project, Global Romance: Intimacy and Exploitation in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction, examines appropriations of the romance genre, including both its utopian and gothic strains, in contemporary global literature, film, and television. Professor Davis’s research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and film, globalization, gender and sexuality, and genre (especially romance and detective fiction).



  • Ph.D., English, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2006
  • M.A., English, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2001
  • B.A., English and Women's Studies, Southwestern University, 1998

Research Projects 


  • Rethinking the Romance Genre: Global Intimacies in Contemporary Literary and Visual Culture
    Davis, Emily
    London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Rethinking the Romance Genre examines why the romance has proven such an irresistible form for contemporary writers and filmmakers approaching global issues. Through a series of close readings informed by historical context and transnational reception, Emily S. Davis demonstrates that the generic instability of the romance makes it an especially malleable tool for representing fluid political, sexual, and racial identities and coalitions in an era of flexible global capitalism. In contemporary texts ranging from literary works to films to social media, romance facilitates a range of intimacies that offer new feminist models for understanding affinity and solidarity in the age of globalization.

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