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Guilty Pleasures: The Heavyweight Business Light Genre Fiction



Staff, Students

In the next City English Department Research Seminar, Judith Watts will ask: Why do we read for pleasure? What do we want from our favourite genre?

Judith will begin to answer these questions by drawing on research undertaken for her PhD: Reading for Pleasure and Profit: the role of the publisher, authors and readers in creating, constructing and consuming the Mills & Boon experience of genre, 1946-1973.

In particular, the session will offer:

  • a peek inside the Mills & Boon files in The British Archive Publishing & Printing
  • insight into how acts of reading lead to the co-creation of genre
  • findings about romance readers which pre-date Radway’s study in Reading the Romance
  • some of the joys of collection-based and interdisciplinary research

The City English Department Research Seminar is designed to introduce students and staff to the wide-ranging research going on in the department. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be available.

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When and where

6.00pmTuesday 4th February 2020

AG04 College Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom