Sunday, 1:00-1:30

Sunday, 1:30-2:00pm
Opening Remarks: Sarah S. G. Frantz, IASPR President

Sunday, 2:00-3:00pm
Roundtable: Boundaries and Intersections: Romance, Erotica, and Pornography

  • Cecilia Tan (Author, Editor, Publisher)
  • Raelene Gorlinsky (Publisher, Ellora’s Cave)
  • Megan Hart, (Author)


Sunday, 3:00-3:30pm

Sunday, 3:30-5:00
Formula/Convention/Archetype: Narrative Construction of Romance Fiction

  • Catherine Roach (University of Alabama, USA): “I Love You,” He Said: The Money Shot in Romance Fiction as Feminist Porn
  • Jonathan A. Allan (University of Toronto, Canada): Fetish Commodity of Virginity in Popular Romance Novels
  • An Goris (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium): Rape as a Trope in the Work of Nora Roberts


Sunday, 5:00-6:00


Monday, 8:30-9:00

Monday, 9:00-10:30am
Love. Power. Justice?

  • Sarah S. G. Frantz (Fayetteville State University, USA): The Rapist Hero and the Female Imagination
  • Linda Lee (University of Pennsylvania, USA): The Illusion of Choice: Problematizing Predestined Love in Paranormal Romance
  • Margaret Toscano (University of Utah, USA): Love’s Balance Sheet: Accounting for the Bondage of Desire and the Freedom of Choice in Historical Romance


Monday, 10:30-11:00am

Monday, 11:00-12:30pm
Love in the Stack: Popular Romance Collection Development in University Libraries

  • Crystal Goldman (San Jose State University, USA)
  • Nancy Down (Bowling Green State University, USA)
  • Marilyn Dunn (Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, USA)
  • Marvin J. Taylor (New York University, USA)


Monday, 12:30-1:30pm
Lunch (on your own)

Monday, 1:30-2:30
Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis (Northwestern University)

Monday, 2:30-3:00

Monday, 3:00-4:30
Sex, Money, Power: Romance through the Ages

  • Hannah Priest (University of Manchester, UK): ‘Hit Cost a Thousand Pound and Mar’: Love, Sex and Wealth in the Fourteenth-Century Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle
  • Amanda Allen (Eastern Michigan University, USA): Charm the Boys, Win the Girls: Power Struggles in Mary Stolz’s Cold War Adolescent Girl Romance Novels
  • Su-hsen Liu (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan): Modern Gothic Romance and its Translation in Taiwan: A Case Study of the Chinese Translation of Mistress of Mellyn
  • Pamela Regis (McDaniel College, USA): The First Silhouettes: Following the Money


Monday, 4:30-5:00pm

Monday, 5:00-6:30pm
The Erotics of Property

  • Eric Selinger (DePaul University, USA): Owning the Romance: Crusie, Phillips, and the “Erotics of Property”
  • Ann Herendeen (Romance Author, USA): The Upper-Class Bisexual Man as Romantic Hero: The “Top” in the Social Structure and in the Bedroom
  • Angela Toscano (University of Utah, USA): The Limits of Virtue, the Limits of Merit: Power, Privilege & Property in Historical Romance Fiction


Monday, 7:00-9:30pm
Dinner (Extra charge)

Tuesday, 8:30-9:00am

Tuesday, 9:00-10:30am
Trading Places: Worldbuilding Romance in Fiction and Film

  • Jennifer Kloester (University of Melbourne, Australia): Creating a Genre: The Power of Georgette Heyer’s Regency Novels
  • Susan M. Kroeg (Eastern Kentucky University, USA): Regency World-Building, History, and the End(s) of Romance
  • Betty Kaklamanidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece): The Absence of Sex and Money in the Contemporary Rom Com. Fact or Fiction?
  • Jayashree Kamble (University of Minnesota): Temptation and the Big Apple: Bollywood romance goes West in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna


Tuesday, 10:30-11:00am

Tuesday, 11:00-12:30pm
Money Changes Everything; or, Does It?

  • Elena Oliete-Aldea (University of Zaragoza, Spain): Greed is Good, but Love is Better: the Influence of Economy on Romance in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street Films
  • Beatriz Oria (University of Zaragoza, Spain): Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: The Representation of Romantic Love In Sex and the City
  • Antonia Losano (Middlebury College, USA): Value for Virtue in Multiple-Romance Narrative Romance


Tuesday, 12:30-1:30
Lunch (on your own)

Tuesday, 1:30-3:00pm
Queering the Romantic Heroine: Where Her Power Lies

  • Katherine E. Lynch (SUNY Rockland): One Small Step for Romance: The Evolution of the Queer Female Hero
  • Ruth Sternglantz (Editor, Bold Strokes Books): Where the Wild Things Are: Contemporary Lesbian Romance and the Undomesticated Queer Hero
  • Lynda Sandoval (Author): The Queer Heroine as a Re-imagined Reflection
  • Len Barot/Radclyffe (Romance Author, Editor, and Publisher, Bold Strokes Books): Queering the Alpha


Tuesday, 3:00-3:30pm

Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm
Conversation with Bertrice Small. Moderated by Sarah S. G. Frantz.

(Tuesday, 5:30-7:30: RWA Literacy Event, NY Marriott Marquis)