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    Sarah Butler's Irish Tales, A Jacobite Romance

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    Sarah Butler’s Irish Tales, published in 1716, is a romance set against the historical background of Brian Boru’s victory against the Vikings in 1014. Given the timing of its publication, a year after the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, the work has been read as an allegorical expression of pro-Jacobite sympathy. Yet the tragic romance dominates the work, complicating this interpretation. This article argues that the combination of fictionalized history and romance found in Irish Tales shows the work to be part of a tradition of romance writing by women in support of the royalist or Jacobite cause. Moreover, this article considers how the heroic role played by the female protagonist in these works represents an aesthetic and political response to the failure to restore James ii and his issue to the throne

    The Problem of Balance in Sideways

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    The Hypermasculine and Ubersexual Men in the Harlequin Novels of the 1980s and 2000s

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    Harlequin novels are so popular that Harlequin romance emerges as a genre. Unlike on the heroines, there are scarcely any studies or works on the heroes, thus, I want to focus my study on the heroes of Harlequin Romance. By analyzing using the Male Sex Role in the 1980s and themes of masculinity in the 2000s, I will prove that there are four types of ideal men in the 1980s Harlequin novels whose characteristics originated from the ideal men in the society at that time, the Hypermasculine men with extreme masculinity and avoidance of any feminine sides. I will also prove that there are three types of ideal men in the 2000s Harlequin novels whose characteristics are in accordance with the Ubersexual men\u27s, the ideal men in the society in 2000s having positive characteristics of traditional manliness with some “feminine“ characteristics. The reason behind these changes is because of the changes in the heroines and the characteristics of men in the society in time and these push for the changes in the heroes. As a publisher, Harlequin\u27s goal is the highest selling rate, thus, they adjust to the market\u27s demand

    Indefiniteness and Specificity in Old Italian Texts

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    Object of this study is the marking of nominal indefiniteness in Old Italian, more precisely Old Tuscan texts, in three collections of novellas

    Love in the Stacks: Popular Romance Collection Development in Academic Libraries

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    This article begins to define the core collection of Popular Romance Studies, and discusses the likelihood of academic libraries allocating monetary funds for collecting in this discipline when universities do not have a major program to support in the area. An analysis of Library Science literature shows the justifications librarians use for why they do or do not collect popular culture materials, such as romance novels and films. Multiple arguments are presented for how popular romance should be classified within collections when libraries acquire material in this field. Finally, recommendations are made regarding how best to assure ongoing access to resources that are valuable to this discipline

    Decapitating Romance: Class, Fetish, and Ideology in Keats’s \u3cem\u3eIsabella\u3c/em\u3e

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    Critics of Keats\u27s Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil (1818) traditionally focus on the poem\u27s transitional status between the early Endymion and the later and much greater odes. This article reads the poem as a shocking and angry poem by interrogating the meanings of the decapitated head that lies at the core of the text. By interrogating the head I read the work as an expression of Keats\u27s attempt to bury his grief for his parents\u27 deaths, to repudiate his middle-class origins, and to deny his attraction to Romance, the popular Gothic ballad tradition of his day. The text explores Keats\u27s very personal need to elide pain with words, the linguistic conventions of Romance. The fact that he could not bury the body of his pain, the fact that the body comes back to haunt and consume the living-these are the central issues Keats could not resolve in Isabella. The hungry heart one always senses while reading Keats becomes in this poem the mouth that devours, the voice in his own head that would not die, that would not stop repeating the tale of his pain, anger, doubt, and grief

    Spenser and Europe: Britomart after Brexit

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    The Express: October 13, 2006

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    Dr. Wes marks 50th year of teaching — Dr. Kilty starts his freshman year as Chancellor — Chancellor Kilty outlines campus goals for students — Ramseyer Hall dedicated — TTO stages dark comedy — Romance author DiAnn Mills to teach J-term class — TSO Bash set to rock Witmer Lawn — Fast facts about Cassie Warriner, Brandon Lemberg — The rockin’ restaurant reviewhttps://pillars.taylor.edu/express-2006-2007/1001/thumbnail.jp

    Review of Goran Stanivukovic, ed. Timely Voices: Romance Writing in English Literature

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    Romancelandia on Twitter: Designing a Digital Humanities Research Assignment for First-Year Writing Students

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    On Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, on blogs and Pinterest and Twitter, romance writers have embraced social media as a way to engage with their readers; they also use these platforms to foster community among romance authors, encouraging and promoting each other. This public presence provides a unique opportunity for scholars to witness the dynamics of the romance writing community in action. In Heather’s first-year writing class, Love and American Culture, in the primary goal is to introduce students to academic writing and research. Part of this entails helping students experience the excitement of writing a research paper when the topic is new and the questions are motivated by genuine interest. Heather has been collaborating with Ann, a research librarian, to develop an assignment sequence around original research on romance authors’ public social networks. The project uses Social Feed Manager and textual analysis tools to give students the opportunity to shape their own research questions and study the Twitter feed of the romance author of their choice. In-class activities will help students track down supplemental research and think through the ethical questions raised by studying individuals’ social media accounts. We are excited to be introducing a project the breaks free from the traditional writing program practice of privileging literary analysis (a quite distinctive research genre) as the prototype of academic research. In our presentation, we will discuss the successes and failures of our first semester’s efforts and, we hope, get good ideas on improving the project