Romance Scholarship & Collections- Where We’ve Been, Where We Can Go

On June 10, 2021 I was part of a panel at the RBMS 2021 conference titled “Happily Rarer After: The Radical Act of Taking Popular Romance Fiction Seriously” with my fantastic friends Rebecca Baumann of the Lily Library at Indiana University and Rebecca Romney, co-founder of the rare book firm Type Punch Matrix. We conceivedContinue reading “Romance Scholarship & Collections- Where We’ve Been, Where We Can Go”

Men Writing Romance- Tom Huff (1938-1990)

A short time back, friend of the blog Katrina Jackson raised a question that comes up every once in a while- what’s the history of cishet men writing cishet romance? It’s a good question, with no simple answer. Most of the cis men whose names I’ve come across use(d) female pseudonyms for their romance books,Continue reading “Men Writing Romance- Tom Huff (1938-1990)”

Towards an Accurate History

Or, Why I’m Always Carrying on about Janet Dailey. If you follow me on twitter, I’m sorry. You’ve likely heard me banging on about inaccuracy and Janet Dailey’s first book, No Quarter Asked. So what’s that all about, anyways? Well, it’s a story about misinformation, half-truths, and what’s missing from the study of the genre.Continue reading “Towards an Accurate History”

You Just Never Know…

For me, a research rabbit hole can come from anywhere or anything. It can start with a line in a newspaper article, the off-hand mention of a name in a YouTube video, or even a book in the free bin. The free bin is where I came across one of my favorite serendipitous research subjects,Continue reading “You Just Never Know…”

Video: Romance in Graphic Novels and Comics Panel

On February 18, 2021 I had the great pleasure of appearing on an amazing panel for the Escondido Public Library with Sarah Kuhn, Sydney Heifler, and Johnnie Christmas, talking about two of my favorite things- romance and comics. It was great fun, and I always love hearing really smart people like Sarah, Sydney, and JohnnieContinue reading “Video: Romance in Graphic Novels and Comics Panel”

Lucy Agnes Hancock (1877-1962)

The nurse romance- the story of a woman committed to caring for others finally finding love for herself- has long been a popular sub-genre, going back to the early part of the 20th century. Today, Harlequin publishes these stories though its Medical Romance line, but for many years they were simply integrated into the HarlequinContinue reading “Lucy Agnes Hancock (1877-1962)”

A Black Romance Timeline

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”

Rubie Saunders (1929 – 2001)

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 joined Parent’s Magazine Enterprises after graduation,Continue reading “Rubie Saunders (1929 – 2001)”

Romance Fiction Has a History.

Over the past 50 years, romance has gotten relatively little attention from academia, and much of it mirrored the derisive approach of mainstream media towards the genre. This has started to change on both counts, with the development and growth of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR) and its journal theContinue reading “Romance Fiction Has a History.”