Academic Online Essays (not published in academic journals or volumes)

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Allan, Jonathan A. 
"Theorising the Monstrous and the Virginal in Popular Romance Novels," Conference Paper for the 8th Global Conference on Monsters and the Monstrous (Sunday 19th September – Wednesday 22nd September 2010 Oriel College, Oxford).
Arvanitaki, Eirini. 
"Gender in recent romance novels: A third wave feminist Mills & Boon Love Affair?," Conference Paper for the 3rd Global Conference on Gender and Love (Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September 2013, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom).

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Barra, Andrea. 
"Romance Novels in Contemporary Culture." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Aug 14, 2010. Abstract and PDF.
Bourland Ross, Catherine. 
"Carmen de Icaza: Novela Rosa as Feminist Discourse?" Southwestern University. Brown Working Papers in the Arts and Sciences 6 (2006).
Bower, Sarah. 
"Proud Protestations." Solander: The Magazine of the Historical Novel Society 8.1 (May 2004): 24-26. [Looks at romance and historical fiction, particularly the uses of history in historical fiction/historical romances.]
Burge, Amy. 
" ‘Weird and kinky and medieval’: Gender, Sexuality and the Idea of the ‘Medieval’ in Modern Popular Sheikh Romance." Thirty-Fifth Century Romance, 20 February 2012. [1] ["a paper [given] to the Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum at the University of York in a panel entitled 'Feminist Narratives'."]

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Christoffersen, Kari. 
"Paranormal Romance Novels: Another Form of Tradition in the Modern World." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Aug 14, 2010. Abstract Pdf
Cockerel, Kristin. 
"The Not So Worthless Romance Novels and Their Unscathed Younger Readers."

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Downey, Kristen. 
"Mass-Produced Fantasy in Commodity Culture: A Reading of Zizek and the Contemporary Romance Novel." Proceedings of the Second Annual Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Conference, February 2004.

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Greenfeld Benovitz, Miriam. 
"The Interactive Online Romance Community: Contests and 'Covers Gone Wild'" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 22, 2008 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p234077_index.html>. To access the pdf version scroll down to the section titled "Get this document" and click on the All Academic Inc. link. This should take you to a page with a direct link to the pdf. There's also an online version (scroll down to see the whole-page view and use the arrows to move forwards in the text).
Guthrie, Meredith. 
'“Whatever You Do, ‘Don’t Call It “Mommy Porn”: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fan Culture, and the Limits of Intellectual Property Rights,’ Infinite Earths, 8 Oct. 2013.[2]

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Haefner, Margaret J., Antonea E. Colón, and Sonia Lizardo. 
"Chipping Away at Patriarchy One Romance Novel at a Time." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA, Nov 20, 2008. [Abstract and details. To access the pdf version scroll down to the section titled "Get this document" and click on the All Academic Inc. link. This should take you to a page with a direct link to the pdf. There's also an online version (scroll down to see the whole-page view and use the arrows to move forwards in the text).
Harker, Margot.
Cultural Pariahs: The National Library of Australia's Collection of Australian Romance Comics, in The Library Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, March 2009 (Canberra, A.C.T.: National Library of Australia, March 2009-); and Preaching purity, in The Library Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, June 2009 (Canberra, A.C.T.: National Library of Australia, March 2009-).
Hassencahl, Fran. 
"Persecutors, Victims and Rescuers in Harlequin Romances." Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and the Midwest American Culture Association (Kalamazoo, MI, October 23-25, 1980). ["Based on a pattern of interaction, in which the interactants fulfill the roles of victim, persecutor, or rescuer, a study of ten Harlequin romantic novels was undertaken to determine what factors provided for the readers' identification with the Harlequin characters. [...] The study concluded that the major issue in these stories was one of power and control, and that the roles of victim, persecutor, and rescuer exist in real life and are reinforced by the role models provided in the Harlequin stories.] Abstract and link to pdf
Hoshi, Naoko. 
"Shojo Feminism, or How I Learned to Love Women (and myself) through Shojo Manga." Produced during GWST 335, an upper-year course in Feminist Theory in the Humanities at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus in Winter 2012. [3]
Hughes, Bill. 
"‘Two kinds of romance': Generic Hybridity and Epistemological Uncertainty in Contemporary Paranormal Romance." March 2013. Paper read at the Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture conference organised by St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and Strawberry Hill House.[4]
Hurtubise, Josef. 
"Georgette Heyer: A Consideration of Her Period Influences." 1997. [This essay is cited in Karin E. Westman's "A Story of Her Weaving" but the three parts of Hurtubise's essay, once located on a geocities website, can no longer be found there. The essay can, however, be read via the Internet Archive: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.

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Kilday, Faye L. and Carol S. Lomicky. 
"The beautiful blonde, blue-eyed virgin: An analysis of adjectives to describe women in pulp romance fiction." Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in San Antonio, Texas August 2005. [5]

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Lamprinou, Artemis. 
"Breaking the Rules: Translating Emotions in European Popular Romance." Paper given at EUPOP 2012:Inaugural Conference of the European Popular Culture Association.[6]
Long, Bridget. 
"Women's Romance Novel Readership: Motivations, Expectations, and Relationship Satisfaction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 93rd Annual Convention, TBA, Chicago, IL, Nov 15, 2007 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p190263_index.html>. To access the pdf version scroll down to the section titled "Get this document" and click on the All Academic Inc. link. This should take you to a page with a direct link to the pdf. There's also an online version (scroll down to see the whole-page view and use the arrows to move forwards in the text).


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McAlister, Jodi. 
"First Love, Last Love, True Love: Heroines, Heroes, and the Gendered Representation of Love in the Category Romance Novel." Conference Paper for the 3rd Global Conference on Gender and Love (Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September 2013, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom).
McClain, Lee Tobin
"Paranormal Romance: Secrets of the Female Fantastic." [This was formerly available online here but is now only visible via the Internet Archive. The definitive version of the essay was published in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Please see the entry for this item under "Tobin" in the relevant section of the bibliography.]
Mussell, Kay. 
"Are Feminism & Romance Novels Mutually Exclusive? A Quickie with Kay Mussell (November 1997)." At All About Romance.

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Neylon, Virginia Lyn. 
"Reading and Writing the Romance Novel: An analysis of Romance fiction and Its place in the community college classroom."

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Pagliassotti, Dru. 
"On Defining M/M Romance." 20 Feb. 2012.

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Ramsdell, Kristin. 
"The Literature of Romance: A Librarian's Viewpoint." Originally published in Romance Writers' Report 19 (June 1999): 37-39.

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Seale, Maura. 
"Fabio Gets an “F”: All About Romance’s Collection of Book Reviews."
Seale, Maura. 
"The Imperial Politics of 'Escapist Rot': Depictions of Race, Imperialism, and Decolonization in Harlequin Novels." Presented at the 2003 Midwest Popular Culture Association, at the 2004 National Popular/American Culture Associations, and at the 2004 American Studies Association conferences.

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Taylor, Jessica. 
"'And you can be my Sheikh': Gender, Race, and Orientalism in Contemporary Romance Novels." 2003. [Please note that this is an out-of-date version of this essay. A revised version was published in the Journal of Popular Culture in 2007 - please see the main bibliography for details.]
Toscano, Angela. 
"The Liturgy of Cliché: Ritual Speech and Genre Convention in Popular Romance," Paper presented at McDaniel College's "Popular Romance in the New Millenium" conference, November 11, 2011.
Turpin, Kelly. 
"Holding Out for a Hero: A Duel Method Analysis of the Damsel in Distress in Harlequin Presents" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, Jul. 31, 2008. To access the pdf version scroll down to the section titled "Get this document" and click on the All Academic Inc. link. This should take you to a page with a direct link to the pdf. There's also an online version (scroll down to see the whole-page view and use the arrows to move forwards in the text).

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Vivanco, Laura. 
"Analysis of Louise Allen's Virgin Slave, Barbarian King." [7]
Vivanco, Laura. 
"Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)." [8]
Vivanco, Laura. 
"On Heroes, Heroines and Horses." [9]

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Wentworth, Erika. 
"Willing Surrender: the Politics of Writing Romance." 1997.
Wood, Christine. 
"Tender Heroes, “Lezzybeans,” and Abnormals: Re-Reading the Romance in Mass-Market Paperback Novels, 1950-1965." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p182802_index.html>. To access the pdf version scroll down to the section titled "Get this document" and click on the All Academic Inc. link. This should take you to a page with a direct link to the pdf. There's also an online version (scroll down to see the whole-page view and use the arrows to move forwards in the text).
Wu, Huei-Hsia. "Romance Novels and Female Sexuality
Vicarious Participation?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 10, 2006. [Abstract and details. To access the pdf version scroll down to the section titled "Get this document" and click on the All Academic Inc. link. This should take you to a page with a direct link to the pdf. There's also an online version (scroll down to see the whole-page view and use the arrows to move forwards in the text).
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