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IASPR Open for Business


The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance is open for membership! Go to the website and click on the “Join Today!” link. Or just go straight to the membership page!

(Through the power of PayPal, they take all comers and all our various currencies all over the world. It is, after all, the International Association.)

Sarah F. is a literary critic, a college professor, and an avid reader of romance -- and is thrilled that these are no longer mutually exclusive. Her academic specialization is Romantic-era British women novelists, especially Jane Austen, but she is contributing to the exciting re-visioning of academic criticism of popular romance fiction. Sarah is a contributor to the academic blog about romance, Teach Me Tonight, the winner of the 2008-2009 RWA Academic Research Grant, and the founder and President of the International Association of the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR). Sarah mainly reviews BDSM romance and gay male romance and hopes to be able to beat her TBR pile into submission when she has time to think. Sarah teaches at Fayetteville State University, NC.


  1. theo
    May 06, 2009 @ 10:37:43

    Okay, really dumb question, but…

    I take it from the blurb that this is for academia only. Is that right? Just making sure.

  2. Sarah Frantz
    May 06, 2009 @ 11:16:09

    Theo, it is primarily an academic organization, but we’re definitely getting non-academics signing on as members, FWIW. Everyone’s welcome, but it’s not an author organization or an industry organization from the business perspective. We’ve got authors and industry professionals as members, but discussion will primarily be academic and analytical in nature, with professionalization of the academic sort.

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