Sarah's at Romancing the Blog today, predicting some future directions for romance scholarship:
The best in romance scholarship was on display two weeks ago at the Popular Culture Association conference in San Francisco. [...] Some of the scholarship we saw there was truly astounding, especially by the graduate students in the group. The future of romance scholarship is truly blindingly bright if they are any indication. [...]
We also have in the works a peer-edited, on-line academic journal on popular romance fiction, academic conferences on romance scholarship, and an academic society for the study of popular romance fiction. All will be revealed (and marketed!) when they are more fully developed.
The painting is John William Waterhouse's The Crystal Ball (1902), from Wikimedia Commons.