Amy Burge

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

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. 


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. 


  • 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)

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

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