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genre etiquette referencing romance novels

Genre Etiquette

December 11, 2014 10:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey The broader context of Austen’s authorial intrusion is the following: “I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading... read more

why no one is talking about romance novels

On Silence and Singularity and the Romance Novel

November 4, 2014 4:00 am Published by 1 Comment

On October 20, 2014, a symposium on the romance novel was held at Duke University entitled “Unsuitable #1.” It was organized by Katherine DuBois and Laura Florand, both of whom write romances and teach at Duke, as do I. The presentations were wonderful and the discussion lively. One of the... read more

gender bias about film or book genres

Gender/Genre Bias

June 16, 2014 6:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The most quoted of Shakespearean questions– What’s in a name?— now has a clear answer: gender bias. Female-named hurricanes kill about twice as many people as male-named hurricanes. Why? Because people are less likely to evacuate for a female-named hurricane. Fact of the matter is, people don’t take female-named hurricanes... read more