[From the RWA] Romance Writers of America is proud
to announce the recipients of its annual Academic Research Grant
competition. The grant program seeks to develop and support academic
research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers.
Jonathan Andrew Allan, Ph.D., Brandon University: The Optimism of Happily Ever After.
RWA awarded funding to Jonathan Andrew Allan's project "The Optimism of
Happily Ever After." His proposed research seeks to explore one of the
most critically maligned aspects of romance, the happy ending, or, the
emotionally satisfying ending, via Affect Theory.
Drs. Beth Driscoll, University of Melbourne, Lisa Fletcher,
University of Tasmania, and Kim Wilkins, University of Queensland: The
Genre World of Romance in 21st Century Australia. RWA awarded
funding to Drs. Driscoll, Fletcher, and Wilkins' project "The Genre
World of Romance in 21st Century Australia." The researchers plan to
create detailed case studies of three authors at different stages in
their careers. The case studies will include analysis of the creative
processes for one particular book by each author using textual analysis
of the books and in-depth interviews with each author. They will also
include interviews with the other significant players involved in the
creation of and publication of each book. This research will present
romance writers and their books in a wider artistic and commercial
Jessica Taylor, Ph.D., University of Toronto: Professional Business Women: Romance Writers, Feminism and "Women's Work." RWA
awarded funding to Jessica Taylor for her project "Professional
Business Women." Taylor researches how writers, who can choose to define
their work any number of ways, sometimes pitting the creative and
artistic against the professional and commercial, can negotiate
interesting blends of the two. She studies how writers think and talk
about what they do as work and its value and significance.