Romance fiction, and I cannot emphasize this enough, has a history. Let’s record it.
Romance fiction is one of the most popular genres around the world. But the actual history of romance publishing and its authors is scattered across a million different sources. I want this to be a place where people interested in that history can find a lot of it in once place!
I want to start by saying that this will not be a static post. I’ve been piecing together the history of Black authors in romance for something close to five years and I feel like I’m constantly turning up something new. My goal with this post is to get the names, titles and publishers downContinue reading “A Black Romance Timeline”
I’ve written a lot about Elsie B. Washington over the past several years, on social media and elsewhere, so I’m not going to highlight a single Twitter thread here. Today I wanted to focus on some of Elsie’s media appearances that I think add to her story. If you need a starting point on ElsieContinue reading “Elsie B. Washington (1942-2009)”
(original June 2020 Twitter thread) One of the great things about writing these blog posts as an independent scholar is the ability to say “I don’t know”. I don’t know much about Rubie Saunders. There is precious little written about her, but she certainly left a mark. A 1950 graduate of Hunter College, she joinedContinue reading “Rubie Saunders (1929 – 2001)”
From 2016-2020, I was the Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist for the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. During that time, I was able to do deep dives into one of the library’s most unique aspects, its collections related to romance fiction. I know of no other collection that documents the history ofContinue reading “Romance Fiction Has a History.”
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