Call for Papers:
Nothing But Good Times Ahead: the Novels of Jennifer Crusie
Contributions are invited for a collection of critical essays on the work of Jennifer Crusie. Nothing But Good Times Ahead: the Novels of Jennifer Crusie will mark a turning point in the critical study of romance fiction, even as it demonstrates the richness of Crusie’s work as both an innovator in, and theorist of, her chosen genre.
Crusie is widely loved and deeply respected in the world of romance fiction. Her series romance and single-title novels have won numerous awards from the Romance Writers of America, and in a genre where most books go out of print quite soon after publication, hers have been repeatedly reissued. Crusie’s essays in defense of the genre articulate a theoretically sophisticated, ardently feminist argument on its behalf, and her novels, too, engage in cultural critique, subtly challenging readers’ expectations about what romance heroines, heroes, plot structures, and love scenes can be, while affirming the deeply-rooted optimism of the romance novel as a form.
We invite critical essays on Crusie’s novels, whether read individually, comparatively, or in connection with the work of other authors.
* Don’t Look Down, 2006 (with Bob Mayer;
* Bet Me, 2004. (
* Faking It, 2002. (
* Fast Women, 2001. (
* Welcome to Temptation, 2000. (
* Crazy for You, 1999. (
* Tell Me Lies, 1998. (
* Trust Me on This, 1997. (Bantam)
* The Cinderella Deal, 1996. ( Bantam)
* Anyone But You, 1996. (Harlequin)
* Charlie All Night, 1996. (Harlequin)
* What the Lady Wants, 1995. (Harlequin)
* Strange Bedpersons, 1994. (Harlequin)
* Getting Rid of Bradley, 1994. ( Harlequin)
* Sizzle, 1994. (Harlequin)
* Manhunting, 1993. (Harlequin)
All critical, theoretical, and methodological approaches are welcome; indeed, we encourage critics who do not ordinarily work on popular culture or romance fiction to submit abstracts for our consideration.
Here is a suggestive, but not exhaustive list of possible topics:
- Crusie’s engagement with popular culture (film, music, fashion, food, popular psychology)
- Crusie’s engagement with other texts, notably fairy tales and the Bible
- Crusie’s debates—both explicit and implicit—with the literary canon and with previous feminist accounts of romance fiction (for example, Janice Radway’s Reading the Romance)
- Crusie and the genres of romance and comedy, broadly and theoretically defined
- Crusie’s artistry, whether in particular novels or across her career
- Crusie as theorist of romance; or, theoretical approaches to Crusie
- Crusie and developments in romance fiction and feminist thought since the 1990s
- Crusie’s innovations within the conventions of romance fiction, and her explorations of the boundaries of the genre (e.g.., its intersections with non-romantic women’s fiction, with mystery and detective fiction, and most recently with men’s adventure fiction)
Nothing But Good Times Ahead has the potential to reach audiences both inside and outside the academy. Our intended audience includes not only professors of popular culture, women’s studies, American studies, and literature, but also the intelligent, well-educated, and enthusiastically literate community of romance readers.
We will consider abstracts (approximately 500 words), conference papers, and full-length essays. All submissions should be e-mailed to Eric Murphy Selinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura Vivanco (email@example.com). The deadline for consideration is September 30, 2006.
For more information, including a fuller description of the book, visit http://www.vivanco.me.uk/modern_romance_scholarship/nothing_but .