Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel

by | October 18, 2016 |

Title Image: East Duke Building, East Campus, Duke University, where the symposium Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel will be held.

On February 10, 2017 I will be hosting a symposium on Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel. It will be held in East Duke Building on Duke’s East Campus, picture above, and will run from 2:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon. A reception will follow, and the event is open to the public.

The program will be divided into three parts: 1) the participants will, one by one describe their work, their themes and what draws them to their particular narratives; 2) the participants will engage in a panel discussion on the art and business of their work; and 3) Q&A – open to the public, so come prepared to ask what you’ve always wanted to know about these wonderful authors, their novels and their reflections on their writing lives.

The participants, in alphabetic order, are:

Ilona Andrews

This New York Times bestselling husband-wife team is known for their sharp urban fantasy novels mixing imagination and humor and dollops of snappy dialogue.

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Ilona and Gordon Andrews and a cover from their popular Kate Daniels series

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Mary Bly

is a Shakespearean scholar and Professor at Fordham University, and Eloisa James is the New York Times bestselling author of Regency romances that are both witty and steamy. Mary and Eloisa are one and the same person.

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Mary Bly/Eloisa James

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Sarah MacLean

This Washington Post columnist is also the author of New York Times bestselling young adult novels and romance novels with great and loyal followings.

gender, sexuality, feminism and the romance novel

Sarah MacLean

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Alisha Rai

This talented author claims writing sexypants romance as her superpower. Among others, her A Gentleman in the Street is a hit.

gender, sexuality, feminism and the romance novel

Alisha Rai

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Do not expect to find parking on East Campus. Consider either: i) parking on one of the side streets off Buchanan Boulevard (but finding spaces there may also be tricky); ii) parking in downtown Durham and taking the free-of-charge Bull City Connector that has a bus stop a hundred yards from East Duke Building; it runs every 20 minutes; iii) parking in a parking deck on West Campus and taking one of the free-of-charge East-West campus that run frequently on a weekday.


I’m very excited about the event, and the very talented writers that will be speaking on the panel. I hope some of you will be able to come out and attend the symposium.

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This post was written by Julie Tetel Andresen

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