Reading for Pleasure: Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace

Conference continues with three panel discussions at 8 am, 10:15 am, and 2:15 pm.  Free and open to the public. Full details follow:

 8:00 - 10:00 am:  Panel 1:  Theories of Pleasure (Brooks Rogers Auditorium on the Williams campus) 

Chair:  Leyla Rouhi, Williams College


  • Laura Frost, Stanford University:  “Stories of O:  The Language of Orgasm in Women’s Romance”

  • Julie Cassiday, Williams College:  “A World Without Safe-Words:  Fifty Shades of Russian Grey”

  • Eric Selinger, DePaul University:  “Xenophile’s Paradox:  Reading for Pleasure Across the Great Divides”


10:15 am - 12:15 pm:  Panel 2:  New Subjects and Audiences (Brooks Rogers Auditorium)

Chair:  Alison Case, Williams College


  • Sonali Dev, author:  “Genre Structure and Learning to Dance Within its Boundaries”

  • Hsu-Ming Teo, Macquarie University:  “Tigresses, Tang Dynasty, and the Ten Commandments:  The East Asian Romance Novels of Jade Lee, Jeannie Lin, and Camy Tang”

  • Jayashree Kamblé, LaGuardia Community College:  “When Wuxia Met Romance:  The Pleasures and Politics of Multiculturalism in Sherry Thomas’s My Beautiful Enemy

  • Len Barot (Radclyffe), author and publisher:  “Lesbian Romances and the International Market in the Digital Age”


2:15 - 4:15 pm:  Panel 3:  New Media Platforms and the Global Marketplace (Brooks Rogers Auditorium)

Chair:  Greg Mitchell, Williams College


  • Mary Bly (Eloisa James), Fordham University, author:  “Romancing the World:  How and Where American Romance Sells”

  •  Katy Regnery, author:  “From Stay-at-Home Mom to NYT Bestseller in 30 Months:  A First-Hand Perspective on the Digital Revolution in the Romance Publishing Industry”

  • Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:  “The World is So Big; the World is So Small:  The Global Community of Romance”

  • Patience Bloom, Harlequin:  “Harlequin’s International Program:  A World of Romance Readers”   


For information about parking on the Williams College campus, please use the interactive map of Williams College.  Those with mobility issues should park in the lot behind Chapin Hall. Please use the rear entrance to Bernhard Music Center (to the Brooks-Rogers elevator) or the ramp at the front entrance of Chapin Hall (which connects to Brooks-Rogers).

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00am to 4:15pm

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center