Romance and Academia: A Listserv!

Professor Sarah S. G. Franz sent us the following announcement from Eric Selinger at DePaul University – if you’re interested in academic discourse on the most awesome subject of romance novels (and who isn’t?!) check out the following:

Hello, everyone! Since there isn’t a listserv out there designed for academics who study and teach romance fiction—or, at least, there hasn’t been since the demise of Romance Novel Studies, a while back—I’ve taken the liberty of starting one.

Introducing (drum-roll, please): RomanceScholar! Not the greatest title, perhaps, but I only had 14 characters to work with, and I wanted to get across the fact that this is a list that aims to foster scholarship in the field of romance fiction, even if we do end up spending some time simply suggesting good new books to one another. (Which counts, in my book, as “fostering scholarship.” How else to get things written on the work we love?)

I realize this list may not be of interest to everyone on RRA, but I hope that even if you aren’t interested yourself, you’ll still spread the word or forward this message to anyone else you think might take an interest: colleagues, friends, teachers at other levels, etc. (I know I’d love to talk about how we TEACH these books with anyone who faces those challenges, at whatever level!)

To subscribe, visit

The instructions are pretty straightforward, but be sure to open your “confirmation email” and click on the link or hit “reply” as instructed to activate your subscription.


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    I got a similar email yesterday and signed up.  Looks like an interesting site, and you can get the emails in digest form to cut down on mailbox clutter.

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    Sarah F. says:

    I have to say that it’s totally not my idea.  Eric Selinger at DePaul University is the guiding light behind this wonderful list.  And wow, let me tell you all, it’s pretty darn active right now!  :)

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    SB Sarah says:

    Thanks Sarah – I edited the entry to reflect Eric’s ownership of the list. I wasn’t sure who “Eric” was in the original forward!

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    Sarah F. says:

    Very cool!  Thanks.

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    This is SO AWESOME! Where has it been all my life???

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    Sara says:

    I’ve just signed on! I’m an academic who’s been wishing to have this kind of discourse with like-minded people. Thanks for getting the ball rolling!

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