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Letters of Opinion

Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

Last week I discussed Edith Hull’s 1919 Romance novel The Sheik, which I would offer as a potential nominee for first modern genre Romance novel. Bringing together themes and devices from captivity narratives, sentimental and sensational fiction, and other literary… more

The Politics of Dancing

The Politics of Dancing

  Last week I addressed the issue of gendered and sexualized power dynamics as central to the project of Romance, particularly heterosexual Romance. I almost wish I’d written that post after last night’s Oscar show, because I think Seth MacFarlane’s… more

Courting Respectability

Courting Respectability

  Will Romance ever come to terms with its marginalization by the mainstream literary establishment? Yeah, I know many readers claim they just don’t care, or think literary fiction is overrated pretentious crap, or scoff at popular fiction authors who… more