Wednesday, April 01, 2009

PCA Conference 2009 - Coming Up

The full programme is available from the PCA/ACA website, but I've picked out the sessions that deal with romance. As I won't be there myself, this is whetting my appetite for reading the reports from those who will be attending.

2126 Romance I: Romance Authorship I: Tradition and Transformation
Thursday April 9, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Chair: Darcy Martin, East Tennessee State University

―A Gothic Scheherazade: The Heroine as Storyteller
By Angela Toscano, Independent Scholar

―Me, Myself and I: Love as the Integration of Selves in the Romance Fiction of Nora Roberts
By An Goris, KuLeuven, Belgium

―Dancing Barefoot, Painting Dreams: Natural Born Charmer and the Aesthetics of Popular Romance
By Eric Selinger, DePaul University

―Romance through Faith: The Enduring Stories of Grace Livingston Hill
By Darcy Martin

2217 Romance Roundtable: Romance Special Session 1: Teaching the Romance Novel
Thursday, April 9, 8:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Panel on romance fiction pedagogy led by Eric Selinger and Sarah Frantz. We discuss past experiences, future plans, successes, disasters, and recommendations for bringing popular romance fiction to the classroom. Bring syllabi, assignments, recommendations, hopes, fears, and dreams.

3017 Romance II: Romance Authorship 2: Theories and Practices
Friday, April 10, 8:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
Chair: Darcy Martin, East Tennessee State University

―Romancing History, Historicizing Romance: The Practice of History through
Romance Fiction
By Lauren Willig, Harvard University

―Don't bother me! I'm living MY Happily Ever After: A Heuristic Inquiry into the Experience of Personal Happiness for Career Romance-genre Writers
By Karen Henry, Capella University

―Romance Divas: Understanding an Online Romance Writing community
By Crystal Goldman, University of Utah

―The Transition from Reader to Writer: Romance Fiction Authors' Organizations
By Glen Thomas, Queensland University of Technology

3133 Romance III: The Politics of Romance 1: Sex, Class, Race, Place
Friday, April 10, 2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Chair: Darcy Martin, East Tennessee State University

―Complicating the Capitalist: Money and Marriage in Judith McNaught's Contemporary Novels
By Jayashree Kamble, University of Minnesota

Georgette Heyer v. Cathy Maxwell: A Comparative Discussion of Class in the Regency Romance
By Maryan Wherry, Black Hawk College

―Contemporary Black Romance Novels and the Politics of Representation
By Julie Moody-Freeman, DePaul University

―Rip My Bodice: Sex-Positive Culture and the Romance Novel Today
By Catherine Roach, University of Alabama

3196 Romance Special Session 2: Let's Talk Romance: Open Forum
Friday, April 10, 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Chairs: Eric Selinger and Darcy Martin
Conference attendees are invited to an Open Forum on Romance Fiction. We have in attendance a fascinating and eclectic group of romance writers writing in every genre of romance fiction, publishers of romance, romance scholars, and others interested in the genre participating in the panels. This Special Session affords attendees the opportunity to participate in an informal discussion of a variety of topics of interest to the attendees. Please join us. We plan to go out for dinner following the session.

4030 Romance IV: The Politics of Romance 2: In the Ideological Cuddle

Saturday, April 11, 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Chair: Darcy Martin, East Tennessee State University

―The Romance of Pain: Sadomasochism and Power Exchange in Popular Romance Fiction
By Sarah Frantz, Fayetteville State University

―Transcending the Domestic: Cultural Power and Domestic Identity in JD Robb's In Death Series
By Tessa Kostelc, University of Wyoming

―Challenging the '-isms': Gender and Race in Brockman's Troubleshooters Series
By Margaret Haefner, North Park University

―'Til Death Do Us Part': The Institution of Marriage in Megan Hart's Tempted and Stranger
By Glinda Hall, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

4098 Romance V: Romancing the Arts/The Art of Romance

Saturday, April 11, 2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Chair: Darcy Martin, East Tennessee State University

―Turning Japanese: A Case Study of Harlequin's Romance Manga
By Toni Johnson-Woods, University of Queensland

―Someone's in the Kitchen with Agnes: Cooking up a Recipe for Romance Writing in Agnes and the Hitman
By Jessica Van Slooten, University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc

―Born to Love: The Pasts (or not) of the Heroes and Heroines of the Romance Novel
By Pam Rosenthal, Romance Author

―Love Eternal: The Persistence and Flexibility of the Love Story in Cinematic Storytelling
By Phil Mathews, Bournemouth University

4127 Romance VI: Vampire Lovers and Others: Romance, Revision, and Myth
Saturday, April 11, 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Session Chair: Darcy Martin, East Tennessee State University

―The Intersection of Moral and Romantic Identities in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries
By Jessica Miller, University of Maine

―Embedded Pieces: An Exploration of Romance in L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Series
By Glenda L. Allen-Jones, Southern University at New Orleans

―Deadly Love: Conflict and Paradigms in Vampire Romance Novels
By Jennifer Crowley, Davidson College

―Mythology Mashup: The Paranormal Romance Mix
By Amber Botts, Neodesha, Kansas High School

There are a few other sessions which include papers on romances/works of romantic fiction. I've possibly missed a few, but the ones I spotted were as follows:

2015 The Vampire in Literature, Culture, & Film III: Gender, Sexuality, and Colonization
Thursday April 9, 8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.
Chair: Jessica Price, University of Cincinnati

―Lover Revamped: Sexualities and Romance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fan Fiction
By Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Umeå University

―Heteronormativity and Masculinity: Sexuality and Gender in JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood
By Jessica Price, University of Cincinnati

2059 The Vampire in Literature, Culture, & Film IV: The Sookie Stackhouse Novels
Thursday April 9, 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Chair: Heide Crawford, University of Kansas

―Casting a Reflection: Vampire as Metaphor for the Changing American Society in Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series
By Eden Leone, Bowling Green State University

―The Vampire Rises . . . Again: True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse Novels
By Nicole Burkholder-Mosco, Lock Haven University

―Shades of Bromance between Vamps and Weres: Homoerotics and the Trafficking of Women in Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight
By Jennifer Moskowitz, Morningside College

―The Vampire Who Loved Me: The Modern Vampire Hero in Stephanie Meyers' Twilight Series and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse Series
By Heide Crawford

2078 Science Fiction & Fantasy VII: Gender, Romance, and What It Means to Be(come) a Woman
Thursday April 9, 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Chair: Janice C. Crosby, Southern University, Baton Rouge

―Performing Gender, Performing Romance: Pixar's WALL-E
By Carol A. Bernard, Northeast Lakeview College

―From Courtesan to Companion to Avatar: Sexuality and Divinity in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel Novels
By Janice C. Crosby


  1. Thanks for the lineup! I'm so excited to go to the conference.

    Can I ask a favor? The program made a mistake, I, Jennifer Crowley, am from Davidson College, not Davidson University.


  2. sorry, hit the enter before I was done. Can you just change it on your post?

  3. Thanks, Laura, for hunting up those other panels. I'll totally be going to the BDB one! Even if it's godawful on Thursday morning! :)

    I'll try to blog as much of it as possible. I'll Twitter too, under the hashtag #pcaromance

  4. Hello Jen! I've made the change for you.

    If anyone else notices any details (or links) in this post that are incorrect, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to correct them. Also if anyone spots any more sessions or papers on romance/romantic fiction, please let me know about those too, and I'll add them.

    I'm glad this post's been useful to you, Sarah. I was thinking that there are quite a few romance scholars with an interest in vampires, and particularly the Sookie and BDB books, so that's why I added the sessions about them to my list.

    I'm looking forward to your posts and I'll watch (listen?) to you twittering.

  5. Sarah, I will be at that 8:00am session, too. And I plan to live blog and Twitter as well - I can't let your intepretation gain hegemony.
    There are EIGHT vampire panels, not including those under Romance.

  6. Alas, I won't be in NOLA in time for some of those early panels. Sarah & Jessica, please do make a pitch for the romance section (and assorted projects, and IASPR) to the vampire and SF presenters! We'd love to have them come to some of our panels, but also to submit papers, proposals, etc., in the future.

  7. Jessica: Are you saying you disagree with me? How dare you! ::flounce!:: I'll see you then!

    Eric: Oh, you betcha!

  8. After having to ponder the meaning of the sex of dragons today, and reading about how to transform a dead ray into a fake dragon, I now have to realise (once again!) that I live on the wrong continent. Life is not fair. (Laura, one of these days I'll have to visit you for a two-woman romance conference, so everybody else will envy us for a change.)

    What a great programme! I'm sure you will all have a wonderful conference!

  9. I never ever get to go to these events. I can't wait for a review. If I could vote for a personal favorite, it would definitely by Blair Singer, author of "Flying Into the Sun." An amazing inspirational fiction/romance.

  10. Sandra and Laura: Belgium, 2010! Be there! :)

  11. I'm looking forward to the conference, the one Statesside conference I can go to this year. I'm already in NOLA and it's fabulous here (a tip for those of us who have to travel far and wide to come to PCA: combine the conference with a holiday and get double your money's worth)

    Also, Belgium 2010! Yes, yes, be there! I would love to have everybody come over :-) I hope we'll be setting the wheels in motion on that project next week.

  12. An, you have to scout out restaurants for us all! And yes, Belgium 2010--absolutely starting the ball rolling next week. But we have to get drunk first--that's how we planned Australia.

    I sent you an email last night. Don't know if you can get it. Let me know if you can't and where I could send it.

  13. Belgium 2010? I suppose it depends on the details, but I would love to go.

  14. Belgium??? Be still, my heart -- I could even go by CAR!