Dr Amy Burge BA, MA, PhD

Dr Amy Burge

Department of English Literature
Lecturer in Popular Fiction

My teaching and research interests are in popular fiction, in particular romance, both medieval and modern. My work is intersectional and focuses on gender, ethnicity and sexuality. I’m currently working on a literary history of romantic masculinity and a project exploring Arab and Muslim women’s genre fiction.


  • BA (Hons) English and Related Literature (University of York)
  • MA (Hons) Women’s Studies (Humanities) (University of York)
  • PhD Women’s Studies (University of York)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh)


I joined the University of Birmingham in August 2018. Prior to this, I taught at Cardiff University, York St John University, Bishop Grosseteste University, the University of York and the University of Edinburgh, where I also worked in academic development.

My doctoral research (completed in 2012) was undertaken at the University of York, where I was jointly supervised between the Centre for Women’s Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature. 


  • Popular Fiction before the Novel (UG)
  • The Use of Genre (UG) – module convenor
  • Cultures of Popular Literature (PG) – module co-convenor

Postgraduate supervision

I am keen to hear from prospective students interested in researching the following areas:

Popular romance studies, especially projects on diversity
Medieval romance
Intersectionality and literature
Women’s writing, especially Muslim women's writing
Cross-period and cross-disciplinary projects
Critical love studies

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research interests lie in popular fiction (especially romance), genre, women’s writing, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and critical love studies. My work is intersectional and cross-period; I use historical perspectives to think through modern discourses of love, relationships, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. I have published research on contemporary women’s historical fiction, sexualisation and women’s advice literature, medieval and modern literary representations of virginity, and a study of religion, gender, and race in late medieval and twenty-first-century popular Orientalist romance fiction. 

My first book, Representing Difference in the Medieval and Modern Orientalist Romance (Palgrave, 2016) is a comparative study of Orientalism in medieval and modern popular romance and compares the representation of erotic relationships across religious and cultural borders in late medieval Orientalist romance (1330-1450) and British and North American post 9/11 romantic fiction. I have recently completed a research article on early twentieth-century Scottish popular fiction and I am developing a new project exploring Arab and Muslim women’s genre fiction.

My current research interest is in cultural masculinity and I am working, at present, on a literary history of the romantic alpha hero. I am interested in the intersection of nation, gender, and race in popular fiction and the anxieties and negotiations inherent in intersectional romance masculinities: the embodied cultural, political, social, and personal boundaries between self and other, familiar and strange, lover and enemy. 

Other activities

  • I am on the editorial board for the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship and the Love Research Network.
  • I have been a reviewer for The Journal of Masculinity Studies, Routledge and Edinburgh University Press.
  • I have presented my research at many international conferences and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Highlight publications

Burge, A 2020, Class and wealth in popular romance fiction. in J Kamblé, EM Selinger & H-M Teo (eds), The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction. Routledge, pp. 395-410.

Burge, A 2020 'What can literature tell us about migration?' IRiS Working Paper Series, pp. 1-24. <https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/iris/2020/what-can-literature-tell-us-about-migration.pdf>

Burge, A 2018, 'The rough guide to love: romance, history and sexualization in gendered relationship advice', Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 649-660. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2017.1287065

Burge, A 2016, Representing difference in the medieval and modern orientalist romance. The New Middle Ages (TNMA), Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-59356-6

Recent publications


Burge, A & Kertz, L 2019, 'Fabricated Muslim identity, female agency, and cultural complicity: the Christian imperial project of Emaré', Medieval Feminist Forum, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 38-69.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Burge, A & Folie, S 2020, Girls of Riyadh and Desperate in Dubai: Reading and writing romance in the Middle East. in A Brooks (ed.), Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. Routledge.

Burge, A 2018, Intersectionality. in D Loads, A Williams, J Robertson, D Jones & L Isbel (eds), EqualBITE: Gender equality in higher education. Sense Publishers, pp. 85-88. <http://www.sensepublishers.com/media/3373-equalbite.pdf>

Book/Film/Article review

Burge, A 2019, 'Review: Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari, with Eric Klinenberg; Is Monogamy Dead?, by Rosie Wilby; How to Go Steady, by Jacque Nodell', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, vol. 8. <http://jprstudies.org/2019/03/review-modern-romance-by-aziz-ansari-with-eric-klinenberg-is-monogamy-dead-by-rosie-wilby-how-to-go-steady-by-jacque-nodell/>

Burge, A 2019, 'Review of Girls’ series fiction and American popular culture', Folklore.

Burge, A 2019, 'Review of Goran Stanivukovic, ed. Timely Voices: Romance Writing in English Literature', Journal of British Studies, vol. 53, no. 3. https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2019.111

Commissioned report

Burge, A, Fakunle, O, Loads, D, Murray, D, Philippi, F & Jaap, A 2018, Statement of Expectations for the Support of Postgraduates Who Teach: Focus On: The Postgraduate Research Student Experience. <https://www.qaa.ac.uk/scotland/focus-on/the-postgraduate-research-(pgr)-student-experience/training-and-support-for-postgraduate-students-who-teach-(pgwt)#>


Burge, A 2020, 'Introduction', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, vol. 9.

Burge, A, Bonsall, J, Boharski, M, Hayes, L, Howarth, D & Wright, V 2019, 'Introduction: new approaches to medieval romance, materiality, and gender', Medieval Feminist Forum.

Burge, A & Gratzke, M 2017, 'Critical Love Studies: Editor’s Introduction', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, vol. 6. <http://jprstudies.org/2017/04/special-issue-critical-love-studies-editors-introductionby-amy-burge-and-michael-gratzke/>

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Burge, A 2018, E. M. Hull, The Sheik (1919). in K Ramsdell (ed.), Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. ABC-CLIO.

Burge, A 2018, Medieval Romance, Classic. in K Ramsdell (ed.), Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. ABC-CLIO.

Burge, A 2018, Sheikh romance. in K Ramsdell (ed.), Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. ABC-CLIO.

Review article

Burge, A & Robinson, R 2020, 'Review essay on The Sheik', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, vol. 9.

Special issue

Burge, A (ed.) 2020, 'Special issue on E. M. Hull's The Sheik', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, vol. 9.

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