The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012and
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 MinnesotaJayashree also has a post up today at the Popular Romance Project, about myth in Harlequin/Mills & Boon romances.
“Mermaid or Halibut? Crises of National Identity in Joanna Bourne's Historical Romance Novels”
Eric Murphy Selinger, DePaul UniversityEloisa 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).
“After the Deaths of Love and Poetry: Romance, Cultural Capital, and the Novels of Eloisa James”
Martin Hipsky, Ohio Wesleyan UniversityYou 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.
“Eros and Danger in the Edwardian Romance Novel”
Angela Toscano, University of UtahI 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."
“Ravished, Raped, Rewarded: The Crisis and Catastrophe of Love 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”