full name / name of organization:
PCA / ACA National Conference: New Orleans, April 8-11, 2009
(Conference info: http://pcaaca.org/conference/national.php)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Romance Fiction
We are considering proposals for individual papers, sessions organized
around a theme, and Â“special panelsÂ” featuring authors or editors.
Sessions are scheduled in one-hour slots, ideally with four papers or
speakers per standard session.
Should you or any of your colleagues be interested in submitting a
proposal or have any questions, please contact one or both of the area
chairs (see below). Please feel free to forward, cross-post, or link to
this call for papers.
We are interested in any and all topics about or related to romance
fiction: all genres, all kinds, and all eras.
Some possible topics (although we are not limited to these):
--Individual Novels or Authors
--New Directions in Romance Scholarship (historicist, formalist, post-
colonial, queer-theoretical, etc.)
--Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Romance, and same-sex love within
predominantly heterosexual texts
--Genre-Bending and Genre-Crossing authors and texts (erotic romance, SF
romance, chick-lit, urban fantasy, highbrow / lowbrow crossover texts,
--African-American, Latina, Asian, and other Multicultural romance
--Young Adult Romance and Chick-lit (series, novels, authors, communities)
--Category Romance (its past history, recent and forthcoming lines,
changing demographics, etc.)
--History of Romance Fiction and its major subgenres (major authors and
texts, turning points in the development of the genre or any subgenre)
--Romance and Region: places, histories, mythologies, traditions
--Romance on the World Stage (texts in translation; romance manga; non-
Western writers, readers, and publishers; local, national, and
--Romance communities and the Romance Industry: authors, readers,
publishers, websites, blogs
If you are a romance author or editor and are interested in speaking on
your own work or on developments in the romance genre, please contact us!
As we did last year in San Francisco, the Romance Fiction area will meet
in a special Open Forum to discuss upcoming conferences, work in progress,
and the future of the field. Of particular interest this year: the new
International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR) with
its affiliated scholarly publication, Journal of Popular Romance Studies
Submit a one-page (150-250 word) proposal or abstract (via regular mail or
e-mail) by November 30, 2008, to the Area Chairs in Romance:
Dept. of English
802 West Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
East Tennessee State University
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