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22 October 2012 @ 12:04 am
My Contribution to the 3rd IASPR Conference  
Last year I presented a "paper" at the 3rd annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. IASPR is a group of scholars, mostly professors and people earning graduate degrees in English literature, who study popular romance fiction along with the classics. As a novelist, I'm sort of on the fringe of a group like this, and I was pleased that my proposed topic passed peer review.

But presenting a paper (a fifteen-minute talk about the basic ideas) is easy and fun. Writing that full-length paper is another kettle of fish! Now it's finally edited and live on the IASPR website (free and open access). I don't recommend this as light reading--or any reading for entertainment. But just in case you need a non-medicinal sleep aid, and are curious abut some of the ideas behind my fiction or the way that a group like IASPR looks at romance fiction, I'm pasting the link to the paper here.

http://jprstudies.org/2012/10/the-upper-class-bisexual-top-as-romantic-hero-predominant-in-the-social-structure-and-in-the-bedroom-by-ann-herendeen/