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!

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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2 Responses to The Journal of Popular Romance Studies, First issue!

  1. Sarah S. G. Frantz says:

    Yay! Thanks so much for the shout-out and I'm glad you're getting a lot out of it. :)

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    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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