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Thought provoking, critical discussions about literature's most polarizing genre. Shelf Love is a podcast that lovingly digs deeper beneath the surface of the romance genre into the id, ego, and super ego of romance readers and writers, one romance at a time. Host Andrea Martucci is joined by romance experts like authors, critics, academics, and readers. We have fun taking romance novels seriously.

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Thought provoking, critical discussions about literature's most polarizing genre. Shelf Love is a podcast that lovingly digs deeper beneath the surface of the romance genre into the id, ego, and super ego of romance readers and writers, one romance at a time. Host Andrea Martucci is joined by romance experts like authors, critics, academics, and readers. We have fun taking romance novels seriously.

    066. African Diaspora Conjuring Practices in Popular Culture

    066. African Diaspora Conjuring Practices in Popular Culture

    Dr. Margarita Guillory, associate professor of religion at BU, shares her knowledge about the history of African diaspora conjuring practices, how they are and have been portrayed in popular culture, and how Black millennials and younger generations are practicing witchcraft digitally. Dr. Maria DeBlassie co-hosts. This conversation lays the groundwork for next episode, in which Maria and I build on what we learned from Margarita to discuss Black witches in contemporary romance.

    • 59 min
    065. Glitter Pirates in Glitterland by Alexis Hall

    065. Glitter Pirates in Glitterland by Alexis Hall

    Dr. Eric Selinger is back to discuss Glitterland by Alexis Hall and how it's basically a big old allegory for the romance genre. Eric and I speak authoritatively about books we've never read, and how Glitterland addresses mental health stigma. Visit Shelflovepodcast.com for show notes and transcript.

    • 47 min
    064. Women in Pants: Unpacking Problematic Faves

    064. Women in Pants: Unpacking Problematic Faves

    John Jacobson, freelance editor at Carina Press, joins me to trouble the binaries as we unpack a problematic favorite trope: women in pants in historical romance novels.

    • 36 min
    063. The Three Waves of Romance with Eric Selinger

    063. The Three Waves of Romance with Eric Selinger

    Romance scholar Eric Selinger explores different types questions that have been asked about popular romance (not enough), how romance research has come in waves (three, to be precise), and asks "how can I make this romance more interesting?" (you always can).

    • 58 min
    062. Transculturalism & Wuxia in My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

    062. Transculturalism & Wuxia in My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

    Guest Jayashree Kamble, romance scholar is back to discuss My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas. This novel is a cross between Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and a passing narrative, and layers in discussion of Chinese culture and the history British imperialism. Jayashree explored the Wuxia influence and transculturalism in a paper published in March 2020 in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.

    • 51 min
    061. Alphaholes with Jodie Slaughter: Unpacking Problematic Faves

    061. Alphaholes with Jodie Slaughter: Unpacking Problematic Faves

    Dame Jodie Slaughter bares her belly in the first of the our explorations of problematic favorite tropes. We unpack the alphahole in popular romance fiction - why does Jodie love it? Why do readers love it? And why is it problematic when it recurs in the romance genre?

    • 30 min

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