Romance Reading Group

Due to be launched on Thursday 13th February 2020, Romance Reading Group will be running bi-monthly, postgraduate-led sessions on Thursdays 4:00-6:00 in Arts 439 (unless stated otherwise). These sessions will all focus on the undervalued yet meaningful popular genre: romance. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between romance and romantic fiction? Or questioned whether a romance novel can be feminist? Or speculated as to whether this genre is sexist, heterosexist or racist? Or pondered about the sexualisation of male predators? All these important considerations will be discussed, and potentially answered, in our free, helpful and fun reading group sessions. Our aim is to debate, analyse and discuss the history of romance and its’ impact on society’s culture today. We are meeting every two months, will provide snacks and, of course, stimulate your mind with thought-provoking, intriguing discussions all relevant to the brilliant genre of romance. So, no matter what stage you are in your academic careers (undergraduates, postgraduates, post-docs and staff) and regardless of your college or school, come along to one of our sessions and debate, analyse and learn about romance fiction, critics and theorists. Texts will range nineteenth-century fiction to contemporary literature and the theories we will discuss include feminism, queer and postcolonial.

See this page for details of our first session:

Romance Reading Group Launch: Valentines Special

Reading Group Schedule, all from 16:00-18:00, in Arts 439  

Thursday 13th February: 19th Century Romance
For our first session we’ll be taking a look at how two novels from the 19th Century approach romance: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Thursday 30th April: Chick Lit, Romance, Feminism
In this session Charlotte will help us explore Bridget Jones’ Diary books through a feminist lens and show how romance novels are feminist.
Thursday 2nd July: Queer Romance Novels
This session Lucy will introduce us to the world of queer romance novels and explore how the romance genre has been queered.
Thursday 24th September: Erotica
In this session Katrina will explore the sexualisation of Jack the Ripper and Fifty Shades of Grey