If you thought all academic types sneered at romance fiction, think again. Check out the world’s first major conference on the study of romance fiction, taking place from August 13-14 in Brisbane Australia.
ABC News has some excellent video coverage of the conference, including a brief interview with an adorable, curly-haired romance fiction geek (Dr. Eric Selinger), who champions the genre. The book covers they show for the romance novels sold in Australia look a little old school to me, even ones by more recent novelists such as Emma Darcy, but hey.
You can find more about Popular Romance Studies: an International Conference at the University of Pennsylvania’s English Department website.