Author Archives for Julie Tetel Andresen

authorial distance

Authorial Distance and Margaret Atwood

February 13, 2015 4:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Christmas Day 2014 I listened to an interview Diane Rehm had with Margaret Atwood about her new story collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. The interview made me aware of the differences in authorial distance. Note: The original NPR airdate was November 10, 2014. During the interview Atwood read the... read more


outrageous reversals

Outrageous Reversals, Sex and Romance Novels

February 6, 2015 10:35 pm Published by 1 Comment

I’ve just finished Creation of the Sacred. Tracks of Biology in Early Religions by Walter Burkert, Professor of Classics at the University of Zurich, who writes: ”We must acknowledge the highly ambivalent status of sex in all human societies, with all sorts of disclaimers, secrecy, and repression, and the concomitant possibility of... read more


genre self-reference

Genre Self-Reference in Romance Novels

December 17, 2014 10:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ekphrasis is a venerable rhetorical device in which one work of art refers to another considered worthy of time and attention. The classic example is the description in the Iliad of the magnificent shield Achilles uses in his fight with Hector. Although the term ekphrasis is usually applied to cases where... read more


genre etiquette referencing romance novels

Genre Etiquette: Politeness, Please

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

An example of good genre etiquette: Jane Austen sets the good genre etiquette tone: “If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” Northanger Abbey The broader context of Austen’s authorial intrusion is the following: “I will... read more


great portrayals of romance writers on television

The Mindy Project and Abby the Romance Writer

November 19, 2014 8:34 pm Published by 1 Comment

Yay to The Mindy Project for introducing the character of Abby Berman. She appeared for the first time in the episode entitled Caramel Princess Time. Abby is smart, likeable, and a historical romance writer who describes the genre as “pornography you’re allowed to read on the subway.” Since it’s The... read more