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Princeton Romance Conference

The website for “Love as the Practice of Freedom? Romance Fiction and American Culture” is finally live!

This conference is on April 23-24, at Princeton University, and FREE! to the public.

There are some pretty illustrious names presenting at the conference. Rather than repeat them all here (Eloisa James, Jenny Crusie, Beverly Jenkins, SB Sarah, Michelle Buonfiglio), go to Teach Me Tonight for the link-filled goodness of the presenter line-up. Or go poke around the conference website itself!

So, if you’re in the vicinity, we’d love to see you there in just about a month from now!

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. Louisa Edwards
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 09:12:06

    Princeton was definitely not that cool when I applied, I’m sure of it! What an interesting conference. Wish I could be there!

    Currently, Sarah pretty much only reads BDSM romance, gay male romance, Suzanne Brockmann, J.R. Ward, and Kresley Cole,

    Dude. We should totally share reading lists.

  2. Sarah Frantz
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 09:20:17

    Any BDSM or gay male recs always welcome! ;)

    Ohio’s not that far away! Come on down!

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  4. Lexie C.
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 12:06:18

    w00t that’s right across from where i work that week!!

  5. Sarah Frantz
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 12:30:29

    See you there, Lexie C.!

  6. Jessica G.
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 20:12:25

    Princeton isn’t too terribly far from me, and I’m always complaining that these romance conferences are too far away.

    But who to go with?

  7. Treva Harte
    Mar 28, 2009 @ 06:32:14

    Well drat it. This is smack in the middle of RT and I gotta work that. I’d have loved to (briefly) go back to my grad student days.

  8. Joan/SarahF
    Mar 28, 2009 @ 08:21:21

    Treva, I know, and I’m so sorry! That’s the one drawback about the conference. We lost a speaker we’d invited because she was at RT. Next time, I promise–no conflict!

  9. Sherry Thomas
    Mar 28, 2009 @ 11:51:36

    LOL. I was desperate to go to Princeton U when I saw a brochure of it in 10th grade. Until I realized that Princeton didn’t like dorks. Man if I knew Princeton was this awesome I’d have de-dorked myself back then.

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