Thursday, March 15, 2012

Conferences Coming Up

Given that
The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012
The 42nd Annual PCA/ACA [Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association] National Conference will be held at the Copley Marriott Hotel in Boston from April 11 to 14, 2012.
and I'm not going to be at either of them, I thought I'd share details of some of the papers which will be given at these conferences. I'll begin with the ACLA conference:
Jayashree Kamble, University of Minnesota

“Mermaid or Halibut? Crises of National Identity in Joanna Bourne's Historical Romance Novels”
Jayashree also has a post up today at the Popular Romance Project, about myth in Harlequin/Mills & Boon romances.
Eric Murphy Selinger, DePaul University
“After the Deaths of Love and Poetry: Romance, Cultural Capital, and the Novels of Eloisa James”
Eloisa James mentioned cultural capital when she gave the keynote address at the McDaniel conference (Sarah Frantz's tweets of the speech can be found here).
Martin Hipsky, Ohio Wesleyan University
“Eros and Danger in the Edwardian Romance Novel”
You may recall that Marty wrote a guest-blog-post for TMT about his new book, Modernism and the Women's Popular Romance in Britain, 1885-1925.
Angela Toscano, University of Utah
“Ravished, Raped, Rewarded: The Crisis and Catastrophe of Love in Popular Romance”
I very much enjoyed reading the paper Angela gave to the McDaniel conference, on "The Liturgy of Cliché: Ritual Speech and Genre Convention in Popular Romance."

Finally, although they don't specifically mention romance in their titles, I'm fairly sure these are about romance too:
Jonathan Andrew Allan, University of Toronto
“Loving, Talking, Curing”

Antonia Losano, Middlebury College
“Consummate Failure/Incomplete Bliss”


  1. My paper, "Loving, Talking, Curing: On Psychotherapy, Love, and Surprise" won't touch too much on romance novels. It is mostly a "working through" of ideas and very much a "theory" paper: Sigmund Freud, Silvan Tomkins, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Melanie Klein (as well as, small appearances by R. D. Laing, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes).

  2. Thanks for clarifying that, Jonathan!