Back in the day, when I was an undergrad and grad student, I did a good number of presentations of scholarly papers on pretty much whatever topics I could get accepted by the conference’s planning committee. I’ve presented papers on using email and instant messenger to teach college composition to learning disabled students, and on themes of rebirth and repentance in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
I’ve also had a ball of a time presenting at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association regional and national conferences because then you’d get to sit in on sessions addressing anything from Buffy (a whoooole lotta Buffy, come to think of it, and all things Joss Whedon) to religious themes in the Back to the Future trilogy. The PCA/ACA conferences were fun because the professors and students presenting were all focusing on popular culture topics that they were interested in and passionate about, and most of the people attending were open to the idea that sometimes, current American popular culture not only enjoys but demands scholarly examination. Plus it’s fun to flex the lit crit muscles on topics like Survivor and Charles in Charge.
So I’m pretty gleeful that I’ve been forwarded some calls for papers for a book of critical essays examining Jennifer Cruisie’s novels. And more recently, snarkhunter sent me an invitation to submit for the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Regional Conference panel on “Romance Fiction: Rumpled Sheets – Romance Writer’s & Writing.” The CFP states,
We are looking for individual paper proposal submissions and/or panel proposals for this unique genre of fiction. Topics might include, but are not limited to, issues such as archetypes, the body, conformity, conventions, culture, ethnic roles, gender, genre, the hero and heroine, history, ideal female/male representations, love, myth, power, sex and sex roles, social aspects, social expectations, subversion, technology, transcendence, values, virtues.
Well now, that covers quite a bit – but sad I am to notice no specific invitations to discuss the scholarly ramifications of postmodern mantitty! There are plenty of romance novels that invite critical analysis, though.
It’s been awhile since I’ve attended any college conferences, but I know a good number of the readers here are either in school, teaching or professor-ing, or building a base of published scholarly articles that address romantic fiction. Have there been more papers and panels that talk about romance, or is romance still mainly appearing only in the pop-culture conferences and the RWA regional and national conferences? And if you were writing a critical essay on a romance novel, what would you write about?
Candy rightly suggested I include the CPF I received from snarkhunter – so here it is, if you’re inclined to make a submission!
CALL FOR PAPERS
Romance Fiction: Rumpled Sheets
Romance Writers & Writing
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Annual Regional Conference
February 14-17, 2007
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Individual presenters and panelists are invited to examine the popular
culture of romance writers & romance writing for the
association’s annual regional
conference. This conference will provide you with a
wonderful opportunity to
share scholarly interests and to gain insights into
romance fiction with
other academics and interested individuals.
We are looking for individual paper proposal
submissions and/or panel
proposals for this unique genre of fiction. Topics
might include, but are not
limited to, issues such as archetypes, the body,
conformity, conventions, culture,
ethnic roles, gender, genre, the hero and heroine,
female/male representations, love, myth, power, sex
and sex roles, social aspects,
social expectations, subversion, technology,
transcendence, values, virtues.
E-mail me some titles of recent presentations.
Those interested in presenting a paper or
participating on a panel at this
conference should send an abstract of approximately
100 words (or more) to me,
the area chair, no later than December 1, 2006.
Attached to your abstract
you are asked to please submit a short “potential”
bibliography if possible
and include a brief biographical sketch about
yourself. Submissions may require
some refinement at the area chair’s discretion. Final
the organization of our sessions for this conference
will be made shortly after
the submission deadline. I will keep you informed as
If you have colleagues or friends who might be
interested in presenting in
this area at this conference, please forward them
Please send your abstracts and proposals to:
Dr. Cheryl Wiltse
Collin County Community College
Communications & Humanities, Founders 238
Frisco, TX 76035
email@example.com (e-mail submissions preferred)
The SW/TX PCA/ACA accepts scholarly papers from
academics, students, and
professionals. Those with no academic affiliation are
also encouraged to submit
proposals for presentation. Presenters are limited to
giving one paper at
this conference. When presented, papers should run no
longer than 15-20 minutes.
The organization should meet your required audio
visual needs. All
presenters must join the one of the two associations.
For additional information about the conference or
hotel, please visit the
SC/TX PCA/ACA website at
if you have any