IASPR 2009 Conference Day 2 Morning

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International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance is hosting its first ever “Popular Romance Studies: an International Conference” in Brisbane. You can find more information, including the schedule, on the IASPR website.

If you didn’t catch it last night, the event got a mention on ABC News last night. The segment shows lots of old Aussie Mills & Boon covers, which make me want to hunt down a book about the Flying Doctors!

Anyway, we can’t be at the event, so we’re relying on live tweets to keep us up to date. If you have a Twitter account, the hashtag is #romcon, and you might also want to follow @IASPR. (Please note that Book Thingo is NOT in any way affiliated with IASPR.)

To catch up, check out the Twitter stream from the morning and afternoon sessions on Day 1.

This is an archive of the Twitter stream. You can also view the tweets on ScribbleLive.

  • 9:15 PM: BookThingo Tweets from the @IASPR conference in Brisbane via #romcon. Cross-posted to bookthingo.com.au.
  • 9:35 AM: BookThingo Romance conferences today: @IASPR & #romcon at Intern’l Assoc for the Study of Popular Romance; @RWAus & #RWAus09 for writers conference
  • 9:35 AM: SarahFrantz #romcon Starting up again! But don’t have my power cord for my computer, so don’t know how long I’ll be able to go. :(
  • 9:35 AM: IASPR #romcon Starting up again! But don’t have my power cord for my computer, so don’t know how long I’ll be able to go. :(
  • 9:38 AM: IASPR #romcon Hsu-Ming Teo, Macquarie University, Australia: “Historicizing The Sheik: Comparisons of the British novel and the American Film”
  • 9:39 AM: SarahFrantz #romcon Hsu-Ming Teo is so smart. I have such a girl crush on her.
  • 9:39 AM: IASPR #romcon Rape as motif in literature. Doesn’t mean the same thing to different audiences across history.
  • 9:49 AM: IASPR #romcon For those of you who missed it this morning: Fabulous coverage of @IASPR conference on Aussie TV: bit.ly
  • 9:54 AM: IASPR #romcon Jennifer Kloester, Biographer, Australia: “Georgette Heyer and the Evolution of Historical Romance”
  • 9:55 AM: IASPR #romcon Walter Scott as founder of hist. romance. [Well, yes, but there were certainly historical fiction novels written before Waverly]
  • 9:57 AM: IASPR #romcon [Sophia Lee, for example. But it only got taken seriously when Scott shed the mantle of the phallus over hist. rom. Sigh.]
  • 9:58 AM: IASPR #romcon Heyer doesn’t just use Regency as colorful backdrop for story. She uses Regency to inform chars’ behavior in novels.
  • 9:59 AM: IASPR #romcon Modern hist. rom. authors sometimes don’t feel bound by historical reality of the way chars. would act. Heroines are v. 21st C.
  • 10:08 AM: IASPR #romcon Permanently suppressed Georgette Heyer novels: 4 contemporary novels (!) and “The Great Roxhythe” prob. b/c too homosocial.
  • 10:11 AM: IASPR #romcon Heyer not trying too hard in first few hist. rom. to get historical detail completely accurate.
  • 10:13 AM: IASPR #romcon Great weaknesses of Heyer’s medieval romances is lack of understanding of religion.
  • 10:14 AM: IASPR #romcon Heyer’s “Regency Buck” was actually her 23rd book, first Regency novel.
  • 10:15 AM: IASPR #romcon Pictures of Heyer’s notebooks. OMG, beautiful! Heyer a “writer of history, not an historian.”
  • 10:18 AM: IASPR #romcon Heyer regularly reviewed in all major papers.
  • 10:19 AM: IASPR #romcon Heyer’s first instant bestseller: Friday’s Child. Created Regency genre from Friday’s child.
  • 10:20 AM: BookThingo If you’re a Georgette Heyer fan, they’re discussing her work at #romcon.
  • 10:22 AM: IASPR #romcon Kloester’s work on Heyer is EXACTLY the type of work on romance authors and field that is needed and required! Yay!
  • 10:23 AM: IASPR #romcon Lisa Fletcher, University of Tasmania, Australia: “Between Women: Heterosexual Historical Romance and the Cultural Work of Genre”
  • 10:23 AM: IASPR #romcon Fletcher been lured away from genre studies into history of colonial mutiny.
  • 10:23 AM: IASPR @SteamyDarcy It was great seeing you! Glad you could make it and talk JAFF for us. #romcon
  • 10:24 AM: IASPR #romcon Are we now unable to fictionalize the past without making into a romance? Studying rep. of Mutiny on Bounty thru history.
  • 10:26 AM: AustLiterature Romance conferences today: @IASPR & #romcon for the Study of Popular Romance; @RWAus & #RWAus09 for writers conference (via @BookThingo)
  • 10:26 AM: IASPR #romcon Computer dying…27% left. Sigh.
  • 10:27 AM: IASPR #romcon Cultural work of romance genre which refuses to confine business to page or screen of fiction: spreads to understanding of mutiny.
  • 10:27 AM: IASPR #romcon Romance narr. interpolate us into certain ways of being, not just reading. Our personal sense of love cannot be sep. from genre.
  • 10:29 AM: IASPR #romcon Experience does not exist outside order of language and culture. Ubiquity of romance tropes and conventions outside texts.
  • 10:29 AM: IASPR #romcon When is romance a genre and when a mode (qualifications or modifications of particular genre)?
  • 10:30 AM: IASPR #romcon In Twilight: is romance the genre or mode? Is Twilight a romantic vampire story, or a vampire romance?
  • 10:31 AM: IASPR #romcon Popular Romance Studies MUST be interdisciplinary in scope. Speech act “I love you” is elastic and covers mode and genre.
  • 10:32 AM: IASPR #romcon What theory of genre underpins the ideology of romance studies?
  • 10:33 AM: IASPR #romcon @angoris You need to get in touch with Lisa Fletcher. You need to be in conversation with her about your project in genre theory.
  • 10:35 AM: IASPR #romcon John Frow’s “Genre” v. important to study of popular romance: bit.ly
  • 10:35 AM: IASPR #romcon Frow: Genre is central to human meaning making.
  • 10:37 AM: IASPR #romcon Frow: Ever present status of genre in life gives us mode to understand how romance genre is used all the time.
  • 10:37 AM: IASPR #romcon Romance is so powerful b/c it does not stop working at ideological boundaries of romance fiction.
  • 10:39 AM: IASPR #romcon What is scope of popular romance studies? Span, intertext, hybrid, codes of romance. Meta-romance studies is needed.
  • 10:39 AM: SarahFrantz #romcon Huge girl crush on Lisa Fletcher as well. Intellectual (or at least, theoretical) genius.
  • 10:40 AM: IASPR #romcon Done with panel. Tea. Probably won’t be able to Twitter afterwards. Sorry!
  • 11:09 AM: IASPR #romcon Back online on a netbook, so please excuse typos b/c of tiny leetle keyboard. itsy bitsy keyboard.
  • 11:10 AM: IASPR #romcon Juliet Flesch, University of Melbourne, Australia: “Attitudes of Victorian Public Librarians towards Romance Readers”
  • 11:12 AM: IASPR #romcon How are romance readers by public libaries or librarians?
  • 11:13 AM: IASPR #romcon “Victorian public libraries” = Victoria, Australia, not Victorian as historical time period.
  • 11:16 AM: IASPR #romcon Romances not shelved or classified like most other books in library. Not romance genre treated diff. it’s the M&B specifically.
  • 11:19 AM: IASPR #romcon Sometimes romances are shelved with general fiction, esp. big names and single titles.
  • 11:21 AM: IASPR #romcon Her collection here at Fryer will NOT be the Flesch Collection. :) It’ll be the Australian Romance Collection.
  • 11:22 AM: IASPR #romcon National Library of Australia does NOT catalogue any M&B novels separately. At all.
  • 11:23 AM: lapetitefleur @SarahFrantz Are the presenters’ emails listed on iaspr.org? Should/can they be? #romcon
  • 11:23 AM: BookThingo @IASPR #romcon My librarian is trying to get new M&B books. Might be an issue w/ standing orders – by author, not imprint? @VassilikiVeros
  • 11:23 AM: BookThingo @IASPR #romcon But shelved books can be easily found/reserved. M&B pbacks can’t be reserved or borrowed on interlibrary loan in my library.
  • 11:27 AM: IASPR #romcon Growing proportion of men borrowing romance. “Learnng about how women’s minds works.” :)
  • 11:32 AM: IASPR #romcon Perception among AUTHORS that romance readers and novels are treated differently. Flesch disagrees, but 2 parties need to talk!
  • 11:33 AM: IASPR #romcon Jin Feng, Grinnell College, USA: “Web-based Chinese Matriarchal Popular Romances”
  • 11:34 AM: IASPR #romcon JinJiang website: audience/users=female, educated, over 30. Many in Chinese diaspora.
  • 11:36 AM: IASPR #romcon 18thC chinese novel switches gender roles. Matriarchal romances continue the same switching.
  • 11:37 AM: IASPR #romcon “Flowers of Four Seasons”: modern woman travels back in time and becomes dominant in politics and establishes harem of men.
  • 11:38 AM: IASPR #romcon “Puts things right” and gives her more satisfyng emotional life in matriarchal society.
  • 11:40 AM: IASPR #romcon Rewriting of canonical works into matriarchal romances. How does an apparently weak woman conquer the world? ;)
  • 11:42 AM: IASPR #romcon Trading procreative capacity for military and political power. No longer a baby-making machine.
  • 11:49 AM: IASPR #romcon Interface encourages readers to produce long and thought-provoking commentary. and encourages them to become authors themselves.
  • 11:53 AM: IASPR #romcon Stephanie Moody, University of Michigan, USA: “Extracurricular Literacies: Pedagogy and Popular Romance”
  • 11:54 AM: IASPR #romcon Romance reading as literacy practice.15% of readers in US b/t 14-24, so what place does romance reading have in 2ndry classrm.
  • 11:56 AM: IASPR #romcon Literacy coaches must resist pathologizing or fetishizing a reading practice.
  • 11:57 AM: IASPR #romcon Usual emphasis was and is on what should not be read, rather than what should be read.
  • 11:58 AM: IASPR #romcon Reading choice = motivation to read. Students prefer to read what they have chosen themselves. Also means they retain reading skill.
  • 12:01 PM: IASPR #romcon Reasons to include romance in literacy classroom: crucial to include pop culture to open up questions about cultural issues.
  • 12:04 PM: IASPR #romcon Moody’s paper is great, but quick and dense, so I can’t do it justice. Why or why not to include romance in literacy classroom.
  • 12:06 PM: IASPR #romcon Including romance is esp. important in relation to gender issues, where gender is learned and taught thru curricular choices.
  • 12:06 PM: BookThingo @IASPR #romcon Was that in US context? I wonder if it’s same in Aus? My yrs11-12 English classes talked abt love, marriage, sex quite a bit.
  • 12:07 PM: IASPR #romcon Need to be careful about how we discuss romance reading practices. Don’t pathologize or romanticiize.
  • 12:07 PM: BookThingo @IASPR #romcon And although we didn’t have romance theme, in yrs9-10 we looked at genre fic (mystery, etc) & cld choose bk from a given set.
  • 12:08 PM: IASPR #romcon Rhetorical genre theory=not just classification of texts, but of sociial actions.
  • 12:10 PM: IASPR #romcon Assumes that students want to make connections b/t outside lives and in class lives. But appropriation by teacher may not be good.
  • 12:13 PM: IASPR #romcon Eric Murphy Selinger, DePaul University, USA: “How to Teach a Romance Novel (And Learn from One, Too)”
  • 12:15 PM: IASPR #romcon I’ve heard this paper a number of times and it’s briliant every time. I’ll see if I can do it justice.
  • 12:16 PM: IASPR @BookThingo Definitely in US high school classroom.
  • 12:18 PM: IASPR #romcon Romance really rewards close reading, far from switching off analytical parts of the brain.
  • 12:25 PM: IASPR #romcon Nope, can’t do it. Too much to cover. 140 characters can’t cut it. Brilliant close reading of Flowers from the Storm.
  • 12:27 PM: IASPR #romcon Satan and Eve are the romantic couple in FftS. Only when Eve is released from constraints can she save Satan.
  • 12:30 PM: IASPR #romcon How do we make this novel as interesting as possible?
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Killer of Fairies
Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, Twitter tragic and compulsive reader. She is editor of Booktopia's Romance Buzz, and hosts the Heart to Heart podcast for Destiny Romance. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and in 2014 she was awarded RWA's Romance Media Award. Kat co-founded Trousseau, a zine for people who love reading romance books. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

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