Monday, December 28, 2015

Update on "Women and Erotic Fiction" ed. Kristen Phillips

Kristen Phillips recently posted me a copy of Women and Erotic Fiction: Critical Essays on Genres, Markets and Readers, an essay collection she edited. This meant that I was able to find out more about the contents than when I last posted about the book.

I've now written up a series of posts at my blog about each of the essays in the collection. The first of them is here and it contains links to all of the others.

Monday, December 14, 2015

CFP: PopCAANZ (Sydney, Australia) 2016 Conference

PopCAANZ 2016 Conference

Call for papers
PopCAANZ 7th Annual International Conference
29 June-1 July 2016
Sydney University Village, Sydney, Australia
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2016

The full CFP can be found here. It invites
academics, professionals, cultural practitioners and those with a scholarly interest in popular culture to send a 150 word abstract and 100 word bio to the area chairs
In the case of popular romance that's:
Jodi McAlister:
Conference information is here.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

New to the Wiki: Women's Uses of Romance Novels (including m/m)

Foster, Guy Mark, 2015. 
'What To Do If Your Inner Tomboy Is a Homo: Straight Women, Bisexuality, and Pleasure in M/M Gay Romance Fictions', Journal of Bisexuality, Published online first. Abstract:
"Criticism [...] often argues that such narratives merely substitute two male bodies for a male/female pair without substantively altering the emotional and sexual dynamics of the relationship. Hence, the male lovers in such narratives are simply acting out a heterosexual fantasy of gay male intimacy. To challenge this view, this essay turns to revisions to Freudian understandings of bisexuality. In so doing, it attempts to relocate this pleasure in the repudiated male identities and homosexual object cathexes that all women are urged to give up in the pre-Oedipal phase as a condition of assuming (hetero)normative gender and sexual subjectivities."
Moody, Stephanie, 2016. 
“Building Social Worlds: Examining Women’s Uses of Romance Novels.” Literacy in Practice: Writing in Private, Public and Working Lives. Eds. Patrick Thomas and Pamela Takayoshi. New York: Routledge. 32-45.