The Journal of Popular Romance Studies, First issue!

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies has published its first issue! If only this journal had been around when I was in graduate school…but no, then I never would have gotten around to writing novels.

So far, I’ve read A Little Extra Bite: Dis/Ability and Romance in Tanya Huff and Charlaine Harris’s Vampire Fiction, by Kathleen Miller. Abstract: “This essay examines Tanya Huff’s Blood Price and Charlaine Harris’s Dead Until Dark through the lenses of Disability and Feminist Studies to suggest that in these works disability functions as a reclamation of the female body–which has often been viewed as ‘always and already’ deformed–even as it contributes to the reinvention of the vampire romance genre.”

I found the essay fascinating because I didn’t know much about Disability Studies as a discipline, and now I’m excited to know more. I was intrigued by the ways the two books worked with and against the idea that these heroines are imperfect simply because they’re female, as well as because of their damaged sight or telepathy; their otherness is then heightened and explored when contrasted with their powerful, immortal partners. Read the article to learn more.

There Are Six Bodies in This Relationship: An Anthropological Approach to the Romance Genre, by Laura Vivanco and Kyra Kramer, has some really cool ideas in it as well. I never enjoyed the fact that I’d read the French theorist Foucault, until now, when it proved useful!

I was also very happy to see Pamela Regis’ review of Historical Romance Fiction: Heterosexuality and Performativity, by Lisa Fletcher, as I’ve been thinking of reading that book.

I can’t wait to read through the rest of the issue!

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

2 replies on “The Journal of Popular Romance Studies, First issue!”

  1. It's nice to be able to work my way through it at my own pace, instead of having a deadline.

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