This call for papers is being circulated and might be of interest to romance scholars:
Despite their covers that picture chicks in black leather with tramp stamps, urban fantasy as a best-selling genre is much more complex. This collection seeks to examine the genre of urban fantasy and open a dialogue that encourages definitions beyond a basic marketing strategy. Essays for this collection can cover the genre as a whole, specific themes, or specific authors. Chapters may include topics on genre blending, feminist and gender approaches, urban spaces, spirituality and faith, class, and post-colonial studies. Special interest is given to chapters exploring the differences between urban fantasy and genres like paranormal romance, detective fiction, epic fantasy, and other similar genres. Other approaches are welcome. Interested contributors are encouraged to forward a 300-500 word abstract, along with a brief curriculum vita, to Jamie Dessart, Professor of English at Waynesburg University (firstname.lastname@example.org), by September 1, 2012. Successful authors will be notified by October 1, 2012.