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