Shelf Love: Romantic Love Stories in Pop Culture

Andrea Martucci

Shelf Love explores fictional stories of romantic love across media, time, and cultures. For the curious and open-minded who joyfully question as they consume pop culture. What's love got to do with it? Quite a bit!

From the page to the stage, on the screen or in the wrestling ring: Shelf Love invites experts to share their knowledge and love for diverse genres and how they help us explore romantic love, including romance novels, comic books, soap operas, romantic comedies, video games, oral stories, advertisements, and more, and introduces theory alongside applications and accessible explanations.

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This episode is about feelings, and Murderbot, and romance novels, and hope, and anger, and powerlessness, the year 2020....and 2021.Romancelandia Holiday Fairies 2021: bit.ly/romancelandiaShelf Love:Join the Conversation on Discord: https://www.patreon.com/ShelfLoveSign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com

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Nov 30

28 min 13 sec

Seven souls gave romance novels a try as a result of the Bridgerton adaptation and bravely came to speak with me about what they thought of romance readers before, what it took for them to pick up a romance, and how or if they've had a change of heart about the genre and what it means to be a romance reader.Shelf Love:Join the Conversation on Discord: https://www.patreon.com/ShelfLoveSign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out the rest of the research:Podcast version: Episode 096 about the Romance Reader StereotypeYouTube version with slidesThank you so much to Ellie, Emma, Lucy, Jake, Emily, Amanda and Sujey for taking the time to speak with me.

Nov 16

39 min 37 sec

Stories from Shelf Love listeners who have reexamined romantic stories that they used to love and found that their relationship has gone from unconditional love to questioning the value of their relationship. Outlander. The Cosby Show. Harry Potter. Gilmore Girls. We hate to love you!-Shelf Love:Join the Conversation on Discord: https://www.patreon.com/ShelfLoveSign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comThanks to the contributors to this episode:The Smut ReportEL JonesKatherine GrantDK JonesJennifer RNNTerrible LotusDL WhiteDr. Maria DeBlassieDr. Sri UpadhyayDiscussed:Wil Wheaton: separating art from problematic artist (via Dr. Maria DeBlassie):https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.upworthy.com/amp/wil-wheaton-shares-how-to-separate-art-from-problematic-artist-2655365986Johannauary: https://soundcloud.com/user-282269790/episode-72-yours-to-keep-johannauary-1-defy-not-the-heart-by-johanna-lindsey

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Nov 9

41 min 38 sec

Dr. Maria DeBlassie joins me to discuss engaging with banned media, and dealing with the discomfort and joy of growth. Is Gone With the Wind watchable with context? What happens when I force myself to watch it and realize how far into the present its influence reaches? And, I finally read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase and see what the fuss is about: but am I allowed to enjoy it?Content notes: this episode discusses racism and intimate partner violence.-Co-Host on this episode: Dr. Maria DeBlassieTwitter | Instagram | WebsitePrevious Shelf Love episodes:Maria on episode 041 of Shelf Love: The Kiss Quotient066 about African Diaspora Conjuring Practices in Pop Culture067 Everyday Black MagicShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comDiscussed:Gone with the Wind (book and movie)Gone with the Wind, Banned Books Week & Uncomfortable HistoriesLord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase6 Simple Lifelong Steps to Joyful Problematization, InfographicJodi Picoult's Essay on NPR: Ready For Romance: Reading Gone With The Wind

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Nov 2

56 min 13 sec

Is it real love or fantasy TV? I hope you're here for the right reasons: to learn how The Bachelor franchise produces a fantasy of romantic love. We cover the lingo (Rose Ceremony, Fantasy Suite, Frankenbiting), the scandals, the couples, and all of the commercially-viable aesthetically romantic gestures that construct "romantic love" on The Bachelor. Tell Me About is a series that introduces me and you to new genres and sub genres of romantic stories across media. Podcast host and Bachelor Nation Expert Jhen (The Blachelorettes, Monogamish, Stacked) joins me to discuss romantic love, what audiences expect from the love stories on The Bachelor, and how these stories make her feel.-Discussed: The BachelorThis episode is available on YouTube, with video, graphic additions, etc. Watch here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK149ByQtpoGuest: JhenJhen is an expert on The Bachelor, the co-host of The Blachelorettes podcast, as well as host of Monogamish Podcast and co-host of Stacked.Jhen: @haveyoumetjhenThe Blachelorettes: @blachelorettesMonogamish: @monogamishpodStacked: @stackedshowShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com

Oct 19

38 min 20 sec

How do romantic narratives explore or influence our ideas of which bodies are "desirable"? Dr. Christina Fattore will introduce us to neoliberalism, and we'll discuss how the ideological focus on individual agency influences our ideas of which bodies are most desirable to acquire in romantic partners and how individuals must produce desirable bodies to create "value" in a romantic marketplace. CW: discussion of diet culture, body size, etc.Guest: Dr. Fattore, associate professor of political science and romance reader and writer.Discussed: Neoliberalism, "desirable" bodies, romantic partners according to dominant cultural ideologiesGuest: Dr. Christina FattoreAssociate professor of political science at West Virginia University as well as an avid romance reader. Currently working on a project on romancelandia and political participation, which was featured in the Washington Post.Website: https://christinafattore.org/Find on Twitter: @cfattorewvuShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comMentioned:Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

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Oct 5

54 min 37 sec

I now pronounce you man and...horse? Kissing mannequins, will Taylor stay dead this time, is Sheila Carter the best Supervillain, and favorite Super Couples (seemingly always love triangles?): when I asked Dr. Jodi McAlister to Tell Me About The Bold and the Beautiful, I had no idea how wild the ride would be!Tell Me About is a series that introduces me and you to new genres and sub genres of romantic stories across media. Novelist, academic, and Soap Superfan Dr. Jodi McAlister share how soap opera's structure explores romantic love, what audiences expect from the love stories, and how these stories make her feel.-Discussed: The Bold and the Beautiful (Soap Opera)This episode is available on YouTube, with video, graphic additions, etc. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w2VE2fiQQM&t=988sGuest: Dr. Jodi McAlisterDr Jodi McAlister is a Lecturer of Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University in Melbourne. She is also an author, and her new rom-coms Here For The Right Reasons and Can I Steal You For A Second? will be out in 2022.Jodi's website: http://jodimcalister.com.au/Find her on Twitter: @jodimcaInstagram: @jodimcalisterFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JodiMcAValentine series: https://www.penguin.com.au/brand/valentineShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comMentioned:I Now Pronounce You Man and...Horse? 

Sep 28

27 min 57 sec

Journalist E. Jean Carroll hopped a ride on the Love Train with dozens of romance authors in 1983, hoping to discover "how to catch a man." But did she actually discover who women* in America were fantasizing about being? Steve Ammidown, archivist and historian of the romance genre, joins me to discuss Where the Heart Roams, a 1987 documentary about romance authors, culture clashes, silk sheets and lavender sachets, men with a lot of flash (there aren't many), and many conflicting theories about how to catch a man.Appearances by: Vivian Stephens, Janet Dailey, Barbara Cartland, and many more! *middle class white cis heterosexual women...Discussed: Where the Heart Roams (1987) documentary by George CsicseryAvailable on VimeoGuest: Steve AmmidownSteve Ammidown is an archivist and historian of the romance genre. In 2019, he was the Cathie Linz Librarian Of The Year.He currently writes about romance history on his blog, romancehistory.com.Find him on Twitter: @steganShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeEmail: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comMentioned:Bizarre Life Magazine photo essayLabor force participation rates from 1890 to 2016E. Jean Carroll's Female DifficultiesShort excerpt on E. Jean's website

Sep 21

55 min 55 sec

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Sep 19

10 min 59 sec

Proving once and for all, using science, the truth of the romance reader stereotype. Warning: this research is about how romance novels and readers are perceived, not the actual reality. Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comShelf Love episodes with transcriptsWatch the presentation and slides on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BQzi8fBB0R8Inside: Stereotype Content Model, Cognitive Dissonance, Susan Fiske, Social Psychology, Leon Festinger, Dan Ariely, and more.

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Sep 14

37 min 17 sec

Romance Author Jodie Slaughter joins Shelf Love Live from Copper Dog Books in Beverly, Massachusetts. Can Jodie identify excerpts from her own books? What's her favorite trope and why is it Only One Bed? We play games and share romance recommendations, answer live Q&A from the audience, are ogled by passing firefighters, question if capitalism is the real nemesis in classic rom-coms, and more.Recorded August 11, 2021 in a livestream. Watch the enhanced & edited video recording on YouTube!Part 1: https://youtu.be/Una6yJPyVf0Part 2: https://youtu.be/txultz7mqB8Buy White Whiskey Bargain from Copper Dog Books: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9781733426565Pre-order Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9781250821829Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comShelf Love episodes with transcriptsBooks Mentioned:Keep Moving by Maggie Smith: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9781982132071All Things Burn by Jodie Slaughter: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9781074526542To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y92DR54/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9781538735527Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9780062941237Strange Love by Ann Aguirre: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9781658713764His Beauty by Jack Harbon: https://www.amazon.com/His-Beauty-Jack-Harbon-ebook/dp/B08LYL4JKM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=TZF4XPJSNBQH&dchild=1&keywords=his+beauty+jack+harbon&qid=1630370570&sprefix=his+beauty+jack%2Caps%2C326&sr=8-1Bitterburn by Ann Aguirre: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9798554610417Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9780578720364How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/book/9780062933966More Romance Recommendations: https://www.copperdogbooks.com/loveyourshelfLearn more about Jodie Slaughter: https://www.jodieslaughter.com/Shelf Love episodes mentioned:White Whiskey Bargain with Charish Reid: https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-2/episode-31/white-whiskey-bargain-by-jodie-slaughter-with-charish-reid-be-proud-english-majors/Jodie Slaughter Twilight fan fiction episode: https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-2/episode-77/077-twilight-fan-fiction-climbing-into-a-can-of-worms-with-jodie-slaughter-part-1/Ideologies with Margo Hendricks: https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-2/episode-80/080-i-now-pronounce-you-colonialism-capitalism-white-supremacy/Strange Love with Whoa!mance: https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-2/episode-76/076-generous-curiosity-strange-love-by-ann-aguirre-with-whoamance/Jack Harbon as a guest on the podcast talking about Captive Romance: https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-2/episode-84/084-captive-romance-problematic-favorite-tropes/Listen to Shelf Love Podcast on your favorite podcast app and get more info and transcripts on the website: https://shelflovepodcast.com/Support Shelf Love on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ShelfLoveTwitter: https://twitter.com/shelflovepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shelflovepodcast/

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Aug 31

53 min 39 sec

Who profits from "diverse" romance adaptations? Are white authors making room for creators from marginalized backgrounds to tell their stories? What's lost in translation to screen?Listener questions inspire me to dig into how romance novels differ from romances adapted for the screen. Then, I examine the curious case of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton adaptation, sharing statements she's made on whom she could imagine (not) getting a happily ever after in historicals and a never-before-heard interview with Kianna Alexander recounting a panel from 2017.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comShelf Love episodes with transcriptsResources:Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction by Jayashree KambleThe Strand Panel on YouTubeLaura Vivanco has a blog post where she collects some anecdotes from folks on Twitter with additional insight into the accuracy of how Julia Quinn has represented history in these anecdotes.Publisher's Weekly 1 month post-Bridgerton SalesNielsen Julia Quinn SalesJulia Quinn's booksContributors to this episode:Love, EssieJhen - Monogamish, Shelf Love EpisodeJodie Slaughter: episode 077 and 078Diana Filar: episode 092Kianna Alexander

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Aug 17

44 min 31 sec

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon: it may be a Tik-Tok sensation now, but over a year ago it was a podcast sensation. Dani Lacey invited me as a guest on her podcast, Ice Planet Podcast, to discuss Barbarian's Hope, a second chance romance between two very tall blue humanoid-ish aliens with horns whose love life is controlled by a parasite. This is an edited version of that episode.CW: loss of a child, grief, depression.Show Notes:NEWS:Dame Jodie Slaughter River Boat Cruise & Virtual Event with Copper Dog Books! (August 10 & 11, 2021)I launched a Patreon!Watch my PCA Presentation about Romance Reader Stereotypes!Support Honor Black Birth!Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dani Lacey, host of Ice Planet PodcastDani Lacey: TwitterIce Planet Podcast: Website | TwitterWe Discuss:Barbarian's Hope, Book #11 of the Ice Planet Barbarians Series by Ruby DixonTo listen to the full original version of this episode, you can listen to episode 10 of Ice Planet Podcast here:https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-ucewn-854ac9f?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

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Aug 3

59 min 51 sec

How is whiteness & assimilation assumed in the "land of opportunity" narrative & myth of American immigrants? We explore: how names indicate our roots, white privilege, feelings of cultural loss, our own immigrant experiences, plus we talk about Christina Laurens' Roomies novel & upcoming film adaptation.NEWS:Dame Jodie Slaughter River Boat Cruise & Virtual Event with Copper Dog Books! (August 10 & 11, 2021)I launched a Patreon!Watch my PCA Presentation about Romance Reader Stereotypes!Support Honor Black Birth!Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Diana FilarWebsite | TwitterWe talked about Roomies by Christina LaurenQuotes about Christina Laurens' Roomies adaptation: https://ew.com/books/2018/08/16/how-hollywood-is-rekindling-the-rom-com/

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Jul 27

55 min 34 sec

"Guilty pleasures," or is the guilt what we find pleasurable? This is the question Dr. Arielle Zibrak asks in her book, Avidly Reads Guilty Pleasures (NYU Press). Arielle joins me to explore just some of the thought-provoking arguments made in her book and coach me on letting myself enjoy imperfect media. It's not a book about romance novels (although they're discussed), but the topic is highly relevant for any media that is coded as "femme," especially stories about love.NEWS:Dame Jodie Slaughter River Boat Cruise & Virtual Event with Copper Dog Books! (August 10 & 11, 2021)I launched a Patreon!Watch my PCA Presentation about Romance Reader Stereotypes!Support Honor Black Birth!Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Arielle ZibrakWebsite | Twitter | Buy Avidly Reads Guilty PleasuresArielle is reading/watching:Animal by Lisa TaddeoThe Bold Type

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Jul 20

1 hr 1 min

A touch of taboo...the Joyless Hags (Katrina Jackson & Tasha L. Harrison) reunite to dissect Seducing My Guardian by Katee Robert. We ask "What is this book trying to do?" When a book opens a door, does it have to close a window somewhere?! Also some news!-NEWS:Dame Jodie Slaughter River Boat Cruise & Virtual Event with Copper Dog Books! (August 10 & 11, 2021)River Boat Cruise - Essex, MA -  Tues. August 10, 2021Virtual Event - Wed. August 11, 2021I launched a Patreon!Watch my PCA Presentation about Romance Reader Stereotypes!Support Honor Black Birth!Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuests:Katrina Jackson: Twitter | Instagram | Kat’s Email newsletter | Buy Beautiful & DirtyKat's other episodes: An Unconditional Freedom | Polyamory/Financial Conversations | Kink | Angst | Religion | History | Blind Date With A Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden | Modern Romance CanonTasha L. Harrison: Twitter | Tasha's website | Buy A Taste of Her Own MedicineTasha's other episodes: Tasha L. Harrison Writes Romance for Black People | A Duke by DefaultWe Discuss:Seducing My Guardian by Katee RobertPrevious Joyless Hags Book Club Episodes:083. Earth is Ghetto: Joyless Hags Book Club

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Jul 13

1 hr 8 min

Problematizing romance: what happens when we dare to interrogate the assumptions that underlie the worlds into which we escape? Morgan & Isabeau from Whoa!mance podcast join me to discuss commodity fetishism, Marx, how it's easier to cancel than realize there is no terminus, and how we can't sloganize or consume our way out of oppression. It's the whole enchilada. Don't miss an epilogue to our conversation about North and South that pulls it all together. ("I don't want to marry you to possess you...I want to marry you because I love you!")PS: There's an intermission half way through the episode at a natural pause point if you want to listen in 2 parts.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsWatch my PCA Presentation on YouTube! It's (not) about Bridgerton!Guests: Whoa!mance (Morgan and Isabeau)Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website | Listen on any podcast app!Morgan & Isabeau joined me in episode 076 to discuss Strange Love by Ann Aguirre  

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Jun 9

1 hr 27 min

Suspend your assumptions about rare books - Rebecca Romney shares how rare book collection can be for everyone, and is a critical component of preserving romance genre history. Work by marginalized people has frequently been considered unimportant or devalued in the rare book world - learn how Rebecca's work (part detective, part scholar, part marketer) is important not just for romance scholars, but for all of us, and how we all have a role to play.Rebecca Romney is a rare books specialist who has been working on a catalogue surveying the history of popular romance since 2016, covering first editions of major works in the genre from the 18th century to the year 2000. She's also the co-founder of the rare book firm Type Punch Matrix, where the catalogue will be released.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Rebecca Romney, Rare Book DealerWebsite | Twitter | InstagramOther episodes to check out, related to content in this episode:013. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams with Steve Ammidown058. East Asian American Romances with Cultural Historian Hsu-Ming Teo073. Structuring Romance: The Secular Scripture pt 1 with Dr. Angela Toscano074. Ma'am, this is Problematic: The Secular Scripture pt 2 with Dr. Angela Toscano

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May 4

1 hr 17 min

"Safe sex" in romance novels with Dame Jodie Slaughter, part 2. We'll finish discussing the research published in 2000 about if reading romance impacts condom usage, and then I'll share some Twitter poll results from the community about condom usage in the last contemporary romance they read, as well as some results on where folks learned information about safe sex - what's your guess on how many were impacted by media including romance novels?Jodie and I brainstorm some ways to incorporate less commonly covered aspects of safe sex and sexual health in romance novels. Plus, how do WASPs teach sex education?If you haven't listened to episode 086, you probably want to take a listen to part 1 of this conversation before diving in.Episode 086:Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jodie SlaughterTwitter | Instagram | Check out Jodie's BooksResearch discussed:LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO BE CAREFUL: The Relationship Between Reading Romance Novels and Safe Sex BehaviorAmanda B. Diekman, Wendi L. Gardner, Mary McDonaldTwitter Polls:Safe Sex in last contemporary romance novel you readSources of sex education

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Apr 27

46 min 33 sec

Dame Jodie Slaughter joins me to talk about sex education, the messages about safe sex in romance novels, the symbolic nature of sexual choices in romance, and discussion of research on these topics.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jodie SlaughterTwitter | Instagram | Check out Jodie's BooksResearch discussed:LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO BE CAREFUL: The Relationship Between Reading Romance Novels and Safe Sex BehaviorAmanda B. Diekman, Wendi L. Gardner, Mary McDonald

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Apr 20

45 min 2 sec

I reflect on listener favorite episodes from 2020, share what I'll be speaking more of in 2021, and say thank you to the Holiday Fairies! (Originally recorded in January when 2021 was still fresh.)Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsListener Favorite Episodes from 2020 (Popular Vote - i.e. downloads)052. The Modern Romance Canon064. Women in Pants: Unpacking Problematic Faves041. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang with Dr. Maria DeBlassie058. East Asian American Romances with Cultural Historian Hsu-Ming Teo033. Romance Myths & Misconceptions: Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert, Tif Marcelo, and Suzanne Jefferies063. The Three Waves of Romance with Eric Selinger045. History in Romance with Katrina Jackson, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Felicia Grossman061. Alphaholes with Jodie Slaughter: Unpacking Problematic FavesJess's Favorites: (You can hear Jess on 047. Rose Lerner Double Header with Shelf Lovely Jess)066. African Diaspora Conjuring Practices in Popular Culture & 067. Everyday Black Magic019. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas with Penny Reid030. A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles with Emma Barry058. East Asian American Romances with Cultural Historian Hsu-Ming Teo046. A Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper with Bree (from Kit Rocha)Super Special Thank You's who went above and beyond to help with Holiday Fairies:Bree Bridges (Half of Kit Rocha)Candace HarperHoliday Fairies: Amazing Newsletter Sponsors To SupportKatrina JacksonTasha L. HarrisonJodie SlaughterRoan ParrishTorrance SeneElizabeth EverettThe Bawdy BookwormsRomBkPodSmexy BooksMindy McKinleyNikki (Angelic Devil)

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Apr 13

34 min 3 sec

Evil Prince Jack Harbon busts captive romance out of its cage: is captivity and kidnapping only found in dark romance, or are its themes more prevalent? We discuss why this trope is pleasurable and different manifestations in popular culture: Beauty and the Beast, Persephone Hades, the patriarchy, medical school, and alien abduction.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jack HarbonTwitter | Instagram | Website | His Beauty | WorshipMentioned:The Fascinating Link Between Alien Abduction Reports and Sadomasochistic Fantasies

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Apr 6

27 min 19 sec

1 Bonkers Book; 3 Joyless Hags. If you could escape earth, would you happily hitch your wagon to a lizard-man's space ship? When we scratch the surface of alien abduction romance, what do we find, and does insta-love exist? All of these questions are answered in the first ever Joyless Hags Book Club. I'm joined by Tasha L. Harrison and Katrina Jackson to discuss Alien Mate Experiment by Zenobia Renquist.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuests:Katrina Jackson: Twitter | Instagram | Kat’s Email newsletter | Buy Beautiful & DirtyKat's other episodes: An Unconditional Freedom | Polyamory/Financial Conversations | Kink | Angst | Religion | History | Blind Date With A Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden | Modern Romance CanonTasha L. Harrison: Twitter | Tasha's website | Buy A Taste of Her Own MedicineTasha's other episodes: Tasha L. Harrison Writes Romance for Black People | A Duke by DefaultVibes:Earth is a Ghetto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr2xMRSObtoWe Discuss:Alien Mate Experiment by Zenobia Renquist

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Mar 30

58 min 58 sec

Dr. Julie Moody-Freeman, host of Black Romance Podcast, uses a multi-modal cultural studies perspective to engage students in critical engagement with Black romance texts to "liberate learners from the mimicry of the powerful."Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Julie Moody-FreemanCenter for Black Diaspora at DePaul | TwitterListen to Black Romance PodcastWebsite | Apple Podcasts | SpotifyArticle we talk about:Cultural Studies, Multiculturalism, and Media Culture By Douglas Kellnerhttps://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/papers/SAGEcs.htmMentioned:Hsu-Ming Teo's interview that I mentioned in the episodehttp://ojs.ual.es/ojs/index.php/RAUDEM/article/view/4297Progression of me discovering I might have ADHD:Awareness: 046. A Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper with Bree (from Kit Rocha)Recognition: 053. Tasha L. Harrison Writes Romance For Black PeopleDawning Realization: 054. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole with Tasha L. Harrison

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Mar 23

1 hr 12 min

Part 1: https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-2/episode-80/080-i-now-pronounce-you-colonialism-capitalism-white-supremacy/Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Margo HendricksWebsite | TwitterArticle we talk about:Archives and Histories of Racial Capitalism: An Afterward by Jennifer L. Morganhttps://read.dukeupress.edu/social-text/article-abstract/33/4 (125)/153/31135/Archives-and-Histories-of-Racial-CapitalismAnA very short starter reading list sent by Dr. Hendricks:Richard Hakluyt, Voyages and Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, & Discoveries of the EnglishImtiaz Habib, Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500-1677Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Black London Before EmancipationPaul Gilroy, The Black AtlanticAnnette Gordon-Reed, Racism in AmericaThe Vision of China in the English Literature of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century. Edited by Adrian Hsia, Chinese U P, 1998Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, eds.,  Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, Jennifer L. MorganStephanie Camp, "Early European Views of African Bodies: Beauty," Sexuality and Slavery, ed. Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. HarrisJerng, Mark C. Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction (2018)Baez, Jillian, "Navigating and Negotiating Latina Beauty" (In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship) (2018)Akhimie, Patricia, Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and conduct in the Early Modern WorldReaders: Critical Race Theory, Critical White Studies, Critical Indigenous StudiesElizabeth Kingston, "Romanticizing White Supremacy" (2018)Chess, Simone, Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer RelationsAsexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. Ed. Karli June Cerankowski and Megan Milks. New York: Routledge, 2014.

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Mar 16

52 min 7 sec

Have you ever wondered when Shelf Love would finally cover the unholy marriage of Colonialism, Imperialism, Capitalism, and White Supremacy? Dr. Margo Hendricks drops in to explain why you can't talk about just one because they're inextricably linked. Yes, this is still a romance novel podcast!-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Margo HendricksWebsite | TwitterArticle we talk about: Archives and Histories of Racial Capitalism: An Afterward by Jennifer L. Morgan Episodes Mentioned:073 & 074 about The Secular Scripture by Northrop Frye with Dr. Angela Toscano077 & 078 with Dame Jodie Slaughter about Twilight and Bridgerton (noodling on some ideas that eventually became my current research project)To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y92DR54/A very short starter reading list sent by Dr. Hendricks:Richard Hakluyt, Voyages and Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, & Discoveries of the EnglishImtiaz Habib, Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500-1677Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Black London Before EmancipationPaul Gilroy, The Black AtlanticAnnette Gordon-Reed, Racism in AmericaThe Vision of China in the English Literature of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century. Edited by Adrian Hsia, Chinese U P, 1998Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, eds.,  Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, Jennifer L. MorganStephanie Camp, "Early European Views of African Bodies: Beauty," Sexuality and Slavery, ed. Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. HarrisJerng, Mark C. Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction (2018)Baez, Jillian, "Navigating and Negotiating Latina Beauty" (In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship) (2018)Akhimie, Patricia, Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and conduct in the Early Modern WorldReaders: Critical Race Theory, Critical White Studies, Critical Indigenous StudiesElizabeth Kingston, "Romanticizing White Supremacy" (2018)Chess, Simone, Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer RelationsAsexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. Ed. Karli June Cerankowski and Megan Milks. New York: Routledge, 2014.

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Mar 9

1 hr 12 min

You've heard of "there's only one bed" romance trope - are you ready for: "There's Only One Heart"? Kelly Reynolds from Boobies & Noobies invited me on her show in October 2020 and we discussed Austin Chant's Caroline's Heart. Plus, learn a bit about Shelf Love's exciting new research project.Show NotesShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comShelf Love episodes with transcriptsBook: Caroline's Heart by Austin ChantGuest: Kelly Reynolds from Boobies & Noobies Podcast@BoobiesPodcast on Twitter and InstagramLearn more about Shelf Love's Bridgerton Research project: https://shelflovepodcast.com/blog/posts/bridgerton-research 

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Mar 4

51 min 14 sec

Will Bridgerton inspire romance curiosity for a new generation? Jodie Slaughter became a romance reader by way of Twilight and Twilight fanfiction. When newbies take their first clumsy steps into romancelandia, will they be welcomed with the benefit of the doubt or shunned for arriving at the HEA gates too late?Part 2 - listen to episode 77 for part 1.Show Notes:Don't miss part 1, 077. Twilight Fan Fiction: Climbing into a Can of Worms with Jodie Slaughter (part 1)Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jodie SlaughterTwitter | Instagram | Check out Jodie's BooksCans of Worms:Jodie on Shelf Love episode 061Twitter thread referenced in this episode: Elle McKinney on Literary Blackface

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Jan 30

38 min 38 sec

Twilight. Fan fiction. Bridgerton. Hashtag diversity. Plus countless cans of worms that we don't want to get into, yet nonetheless crank open. Dame Jodie Slaughter and I go on a journey to uncover gateways into romance, and why it's so hard to even identify that the thing people love in other media is the romance! Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dame Jodie SlaughterTwitter | Instagram | Check out Jodie's BooksCans of Worms:Jodie on Shelf Love episode 061Twitter thread referenced in this episodeThe Greatest Gift - one of Jodie's all-time fave Twilight AU fan fics

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Jan 23

43 min 40 sec

An alien abduction romance with a delightfully unexpected exploration of sexual pleasure. Morgan and Isabeau from Whoa!mance join me to discuss how Strange Love by Ann Aguirre unpacks cultural scripts and encourages generous curiosity. Also: the origin story of the Whoa!mance intro sigh.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuests: Whoa!mance (Morgan and Isabeau)Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website | Listen on any podcast app!Book DiscussedStrange Love by Ann AguirreMisc: I mentioned the episode about My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas with Dr. Jayashree KambleTop Whoa!mance episode recommendations for Shelf Love listenersEpisode 92: Discreet Bylines — Behind These Doors by Jude LucensEpisode 91: Summa Cum Laude — Office Hours by Katrina JacksonEpisode 89: Spring Fling with Scarlett Peckham — Part One & Part 2Episode 70: Triage à Trois — Hummingbird by LaVyrle SpencerEpisode 6: Shanna by Kathleen E. WoodiwissEpisode 50: Author Interview — Melonie JohnsonEpisode 48: For the Troops — A Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W. Hill

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Jan 16

56 min 56 sec

Jennifer Crusie drops in to talk about Dove Bars, dogs, normative ideals of white middle class baby boomer womanhood, divorce, unconditional love, RWA, and all the good times ahead we've been wondering about.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jennifer CrusieArgh Ink Blog | WebsiteShelf Love Episodes mentioned:Episode 002: the episode about Crusie's Oeuvre that started it allEpisode 068: Happily Ever Existential Dread: how the desire for HEA is all about a future we don't have to imagineEpisode 047: Shelf Lovely Jess drops in to talk about how I used Crusie to lure her into my new podcast and she never left (also we talk about Rose Lerner's books and Sunfire romance)Crusie Recommends:Sarina Bowen - The Year We Fell DownRed, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonThe Murderbot Diaries - Martha WellsContemporary romance by Mhairi McFarlaneRivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch

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Jan 2

1 hr 21 min

Dr. Angela Toscano returns to continue our discussion of The Secular Scripture by Northrop Frye and how it's an urtext for understanding the romance genre. You'll definitely want to go listen to part 1, which is episode 73, before listening to this oneIn part 2, we'll be discussing how identity must evolve in romance, the possibility inherent to the romance, and how we can have more critical conversations about problematic things in romance without demanding its eradication - because let's be honest, everything is problematic.Show Notes:Listen to part 1: 073. Structuring Romance: The Secular Scripture pt 1 with Dr. Angela ToscanoShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsRomancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)Guest: Dr. Angela ToscanoTwitter | Website | JPRS Notes & Queries | Patreon - Romance Lessons from Dr. ToscanoBooks Discussed:The Secular Scripture by Northrop FryeWhat to read next if you like Frye:On Fairy Stories by JRR TolkeinA Natural History of the Romance by Pamela RegisAnatomy of Criticism by Northrop FryeMeditations on Don Quixote by Ortega y GassetTrue Story of the Novel by Margaret DoodyPoetic Diction by Owen BarfieldThe diagram I drew when reading about identity in The Secular ScriptureRomancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)

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Dec 2020

31 min 23 sec

Dr. Angela Toscano, a romance scholar, writer, and researcher joins Shelf Love to discuss literary critic Northrop Frye's 1976 book The Secular Scripture: A study of the structure of romance. Although it's 44 years old and isn't only about romance novels, it has a lot to say that's relevant to the popular romance genre in the year 2020 - and Angela and I call on many examples from more recent books you may be familiar with as well as other examples from pop culture.For example, how is the structure of romance fundamentally different from that of literary, epic works? Why is "mere entertainment" so derided by the academy and what's wrong with the phony infinite? What's the difference between a maze with no plan and a maze, not without a plan? How does romance focus on the polarity between the idyllic world we want and the subterranean world we don't want, but not the life we have? And how does the dog always know?This is part 1 of our conversation. Part 2: out 12/26/20.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsRomancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)Guest: Dr. Angela ToscanoTwitter | Website | JPRS Notes & QueriesBooks Discussed:The Secular Scripture by Northrop FryeThe Hathaways by Lisa KleypasRomancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)

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Dec 2020

50 min 29 sec

This episode is about feelings, and romance novels, and hope, and anger, and powerlessness, and the year 2020.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comRomancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)Check out Shelf Love’s website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsI mentioned Jayashree Kamble's idea of "the media romance," which she writes about in Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction (on sale until 12/31/20 for $20!) She also writes about it in her chapter in the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction "Romance in the Media."Romancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)Thank you to beta listeners for this episode: Hannah Hearts Romance, Jhen, and Madison

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Dec 2020

23 min 39 sec

The Swoon Awards organizers drop in to share their exciting new romance award for readers. Ari, Amber, Lynell, and Nick were the perfect crew to join me to talk about favorite romances of the year and along the way we explain our own personal criteria for deciding what made the cut.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comRomancelandia Holiday Fairies Gift Drive (2020)Check out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuests: The Swoon AwardsWebsite - submit a nomination/vote | TwitterAri: Goodreads ; Twitter | Amber: Blog ; Twitter | Lynell: Blog ; Twitter | Nick: Blog ; TwitterBooks Discussed:Sign up for my email newsletter for the full list with more details!Top Five Reads for 2020:Ari's Top 5See Me After Class by Meghan QuinnCall Me Maybe by Cara BastoneThe Roommate by Rosie DananThe Lineup by Meghan QuinnThe Tip-Off by Rebecca JenshakAmber's Top 5The Roommate by Rosie DananYou Should See Me in My Crown by Leah JohnsonGirl Gone Viral by Alisha RaiTake a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (episode with Talia Hibbert)Boyfriend Material by Alexis HallLynell's Top 5Office Hours by Katrina Jackson (Katrina Jackson is on Shelf Love's editorial advisory board and a frequent guest)Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden (episode about this book!)Ties that Tether by Jane IgharoDirty Hearts by Kenya WrightHow to Catch a Queen by Alyssa ColeNick's Top 5The Widow of Rose House by Diana BillerAccidentally Engaged by Farah HeronSpoiler Alert by Olivia DadeThe Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin (episode that talks about how love was different in the Tang dynasty)The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini SinghAndrea's Top 5The Widow of Rose House by Diana BillerHow to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole (episode with Alyssa Cole)Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon (episode about Harbor and my favorite episode with Rebekah)The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham (episode about The Rakess, episode where Scarlett was a guest)White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter (episode about White Whiskey Bargain, episode where Jodie was a guest)—Support the Holiday Fairies Gift Drive

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Dec 2020

1 hr 22 min

Jhen, host of the Monogamish Podcast, drops in to discuss consensual non-monogamy aka polyamory in popular romance. We discuss Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon and Neighborly by Katrina Jackson.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jhen from MonogamishJhen is a host of Monogamish, a podcast about consensual non-monogamy through the lens of a Black Carribbean lens.Jhen on Twitter | Jhen on Instagram | Listen to MonogamishBooks Discussed:Harbor by Rebekah WeatherspoonNeighborly by Katrina JacksonSupport Romancing the Runoff:Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Nov 2020

56 min 16 sec

Scarlett Peckham, professional writer of alpha heroines, joins me to discuss her problematic favorite trope: house parties! Forced Proximity! Lunch hampers! Bed hopping! Both everything and nothing is riding on who marries whom! And of course, capitalism, imperialism, and labor exploitation. Womp womp - don't worry, they kiss at the end.--Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com15 Romance Novel Audiobooks that Combine Swoony Words with Great PerformancesCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Scarlett PeckhamWebsite | Twitter | Instagram | The Rakess | The Lord I LeftBook Discussed:What I Did for A Duke by Julie Ann LongSupport Romancing the Runoff:Website | Twitter | InstagramShelf Love Auction ItemsChoose an Episode Topic! | Baby Quilt!Buy Stacy Abrams' Romance novels (Selena Montgomery)Print is backordered, but available digitally right now

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Nov 2020

30 min 59 sec

Guest: Dr. Danielle Knafo, a clinical psychologist who studies fantasy, perversion, sexuality, and gender. In this episode, we discuss questions like, is it harmful to start reading romance novels too young? Why might someone fantasize about things that are undesirable in real life? What's the deal with sadomasochism? Am I become a joyless hag who's sucking all the fun out of romance novels by trying to critically understand problematic faves? Is the Happily Ever After really just a way for us humans to deal with existential dread?Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comScarily Ever After Recommended ReadingCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Danielle KnafoWebsiteBook Discussed:The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis* by Dr. Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo BoscoSupport Romancing the Runoff:Website | Twitter | InstagramBuy Stacy Abrams' Romance novels (Selena Montgomery)Print is backordered, but available digitally right now

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Nov 2020

45 min 46 sec

Dr. Maria DeBlassie joins me to discuss three contemporary romance novels that explore everyday, practical magic with Black heroines: Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon, A Taste of Her Own Medicine by Tasha L. Harrison, and Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. Maria shares her experience as a practitioner of Brujeria, and explains how everyone can manifest some everyday magic.Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comScarily Ever After Recommended ReadingCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsCo-Host on this episode: Dr. Maria DeBlassieTwitter | Instagram | Website | Maria on episode 041 of Shelf Love: The Kiss QuotientCheck out (what's basically) part 1 of this conversation: 066. African Diaspora Conjuring Practices in Popular CultureBooks Discussed:Xeni by Rebekah WeatherspoonA Taste of Her Own Medicine by Tasha L. HarrisonTake a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Oct 2020

1 hr

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.--Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.comScarily Ever After Recommended ReadingCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Dr. Margarita GuilloryCV | BU faculty page | The Atlantic article on Black Millennials, Dr. Guillory quotedCo-Host on this episode: Dr. Maria DeBlassieTwitter | Instagram | Website | Maria on episode 041 of Shelf Love: The Kiss QuotientNotes:The Atlantic Article: The Witches of Baltimore Young black women are leaving Christianity and embracing African witchcraft in digital covens.Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition First Edition by Yvonne P. ChireauHoodoo in America by Zora Neale HurstonDr. Anthony Pinn - Terror in TriumphJames Cone, founder of Black Liberation TheologyBlack womanist scholars: Katie Cannon and Emily Townes, Stephanie MitchemAzealia Banks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SOXS9f5UDgPrincess Nokia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUcAPCxrSQsBbyMutha: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/bbymutha-muthaland/American Horror Story - The CovenMarie Laveau: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau

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Oct 2020

59 min 22 sec

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.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Eric SelingerDePaul website | Twitter | Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance FictionEric also lent his expertise to the Modern Romance Canon episode and spoke about the three waves of romance research in episode 063.Notes:Books we reference (and either have or have not read):Eva Illouz - Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of CapitalismThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco"Elizabeth Lane, reading this as a Christian romance novel": Unfortunately the original links are dead but this is Eric's post writing about his reaction.How to Talk About Books That You Haven't ReadLaura Vivanco - For Love and Money - Chapter 3 is about "Metafiction"CS Lewis - Surprised By Joy, which is about his becoming a ChristianJRR Tolkein - On FairyStories.Episode referenced:Congruence - 051. The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham with Hannah Hearts Romance

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Oct 2020

47 min 12 sec

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.Show Notes:Guest: John JacobsonTwitter | Check out Best Laid Plaids by Ella Stainton | The Immortal City by May PetersonShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsNotes:Johanna Lindsey - Gentle RogueAmanda Bynes in She's The Man (2005 film)Judith ButlerVirginia Henley - SeducedSusan Faludi's book: BacklashDisclosure (Netflix Documentary)Hélène CixousMallory Jagodzinski - On Bustles and Breeches: Cross Dressing Romance Novel Heroines and the Performance of Gender Ideology."You and I are humans, and there is something complicated between us": Untamed and queering the heterosexual historical romance by Jodi McAlister in the Journal of Popular Romance StudiesRecent projects as editor:Ella Stainton - Best Laid PlaidsThe Immortal City by May Peterson

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Oct 2020

36 min 12 sec

Romance scholar Eric Selinger explores different 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).Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Eric SelingerDePaul website | Twitter | Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance FictionEric also lent his expertise to the Modern Romance Canon episode.Notes:Stephanie Burt Don't Read PoetryMichael Moorcock SFF book by Mark ScrogginsWhat is it Then Between Us: Traditions of Love in American Poetry by Eric SelingerEric's Researching the Romance 2018 Talk: How can I make this more interesting? Also, My Beautiful Enemy!Video with Eric Selinger from the Popular Romance ProjectIASPR Digital Showcase 2020 Conference: View every presentation here!Become a member! I became a member as an "independent scholar" for just $25.

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Oct 2020

58 min 30 sec

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.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jayashree KambleHumanities Commons | Twitter | Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance FictionNotes:We discuss Jayashree Kamble's article from JPRS: When Wuxia Met Romance: The Pleasures and Politics of Transculturalism in Sherry Thomas’s My Beautiful EnemyCharacters:MC 1: Ying-Hua aka Ying-Ying aka Catherine Blade.  Stepfather: Da-RenMC 2: LeightonVillain: Lin aka The CentipedeVocabulary - as an American English speaker, I was unfamiliar with some of these pronunciations so providing a bit of a guide based on how I heard Jayashree pronounce things to help you match the spelling of these words to what you heard in the episode. I'm sure I'm missing lots of nuance here, so grain of salt and all that:Wuxia - pronounced "Woo-shya"Qing Dynasty China - pronounced "Ching"Bao and Baoying - pronounced "bah-oh" and "bah-oh-ying"Video with Sherry Thomas from the Popular Romance ProjectAlso Jayashree has videos too!Love Between the Covers DocumentaryIASPR Digital Showcase 2020 Conference: View every presentation here! Several of these discussions that happened just before Jayashree and I spoke are referenced in the episode.Become a member! I became a member as an "independent scholar" for just $25.Thank you to this episode's beta listeners Madison and Kelsey. I appreciate your help!

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Sep 2020

51 min 30 sec

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?-Show Notes:Guest: Jodie SlaughterTwitter | Instagram | Check out Jodie's BooksShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsNotes:Jodie's favorite alphahole romance: On the Edge of Love by Shay RuckerThe podcast I referred to in my outro was an interview on the New Books Network podcast with Danielle Knafo about her new book The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Here's the link to the podcast. I was sold and bought the book immediately.Danielle Knafo is actually quoting Robert Stoller when she says "We take what is threatening and turn it into desire." Stoller is "known for his theories concerning the development of gender identity and the dynamics of sexual excitement." (Wikipedia)Twitter poll about Alphaholes509RhymeAnimal's tweet that I read in the outroOther Shelf Love episodes you may enjoy:031. White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter with Charish Reid - That time we read Jodie's book about justice.041. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang with Dr. Maria DeBlassie - That time we talked about bodice rippers and exploring fantasy.

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Sep 2020

29 min 59 sec

Jayashree Kamble, a romance scholar and Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, joins me to discuss the various ways romance can be studied. She gives a brief overview of the history of the romance genre and pop culture research, why she doesn't encounter the hierarchy of taste when teaching romance, and explains who romance scholarship is for.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jayashree KambleTwitter | Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance FictionNotes:Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction, an Epistemology by Jayashree KambleThe Romance Fiction of Mills and Boon - 1909 to 1990 by Jay DixonDon't worry, my copy is in the mail so go ahead and order itParatext definition: "French literary theorist Gérard Genette's term for the framing devices authors and publishers use to contextualize works and generate interest (e.g. blurbs, subtitles, celebrity endorsements, and so forth). As Genette points out in Seuils (1987) translated as Paratexts. Thresholds of Interpretation (1997), although not officially part of the text, the paratext can have a significant influence over the way a text is received."Two foundational romance scholarship texts:A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela RegisIssue 3.2 of JPRS had roundtable discussions of A Natural History of the Romance Novel. Find them here.Reading the Romance by Janice RadwayIssue 4.2 of JPRS had roundtable discussions on Janice Radway 30 years after the publication of Reading the Romance. Find them here.Frankfurt SchoolIASPR Digital Showcase 2020 Conference: View every presentation here! Several of these discussions that happened just before Jayashree and I spoke are referenced in the episode.Jen Lois and Joanna GregsonThey were on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books twice - this link is the latter and links to the firstTheir research: Sneers and Leers: Romance Writers and Gendered Sexual Stigma"A very good romance book club in New York. It's run by Madeline Caldwell at Word Bookstore."

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Sep 2020

48 min 16 sec

Jhen (host Monogamish Podcast) joins the podcast to interview ME in this retrospective on season 1 of Shelf Love. I tell my sordid journey into romance and romance podcasting, plus, I prepare you for season 2, and give you a look under the hood of this podcast and how and why I do it.Questions answered: why I'm no longer a member of RWA, why sometimes you just have to do the thing, and my correspondence with Jayne Ann Krentz.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Jhen from MonogamishJhen is a host of Monogamish, a podcast about consensual non-monogamy through the lens of a Black Carribbean lens.Jhen on Twitter | Jhen on Instagram | Listen to MonogamishNotes:This is my favorite part of my 20-page paper on "Dreaming of You" by Lisa Kleypas and feminism in romance novels because it shows how much my ability to critically engage with the incongruity between my love of romance and problematic tropes has matured:Andrea at 19 years old: "There are actually a number or romances that feature the opposite; however, the wealthier hero is still in the majority. There is no easy or definite answer to this question, although there is a good chance it is just a relic from the past of romance novels that has yet to be addressed."That's so hand wavey!*Reading the Romance* by Janice Radway was originally published in 1984 and is considered a foundational piece of romance scholarship. More about RtR in future episodes where I tackle romance scholarship with guests!*Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women* edited by Jayne Ann Krentz (Published in 1992). I will keep digging for that letter that JAK sent be in 2006...Meredith Wild and Julia Kent were two indie pub authors who really opened my eyes up to what self-publishing could look like for romance authors.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

Season 2 Premiere!Hsu-Ming Teo, a cultural historian and romance scholar, joins me to discuss her research on cultural authenticity in east asian american romance novels, among many other fascinating topics such as love as a commodity, intimacy, Australian convict romances, historical accuracy, and why impact still rules, but intent may matter more than we think. We also discuss novels by Ruby Lang, Courtney Milan, Helen Hoang, and Jeannie Lin. Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Hsu-Ming TeoFaculty webpage | Research | Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance FictionBooks DiscussedClean Breaks by Ruby LangTrade Me by Courtney MilanThe Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangNotes:JPRS article: Cultural Authenticity, The Family, and East Asian American Romance Novels by Hsu-Ming Teo

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Aug 2020

1 hr 11 min

Learn more about a new podcast that is an oral history project for Black Romance: "The Black Romance Podcast features weekly conversations with Black writers, editors, and scholars of historical and contemporary popular romance fiction. Julie Moody-Freeman and guests talk about a range of experiences: their difficulties trying to publish love stories with Black characters; their favorite books; writing and teaching about black romance fiction; traditional vs self-publishing; publishing queer romance fiction; and their recently released books."-Show Notes:Guest: Black Romance PodcastWebsite | Twitter | Apple Podcasts | SpotifyNotes:Texas Monthly: *Vivian Stephens Helped Turn Romance Writing Into a Billion-Dollar Industry. Then She Got Pushed Out.* by Mimi SwartzSandra Kitt's websiteShelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeShelf Love episodes with transcripts

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Aug 2020

8 min 36 sec

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones is the Romcom Novella that will have you laughing out loud and wondering what DOD stands for. Highly irreverent, wholly lovable Nicole Falls is back for part 2 to discuss this romance novel worth reading.-Show Notes:Shelf Love:Sign up for the email newsletter list | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: Andrea@shelflovepodcast.com58 Romance Novellas For A Quick Hit of HopeCheck out Shelf Love’s updated website including the transcript for this episodeBookstore Romance Day - Giveaways! Discounts! | [Q&A with Copper Dog Books co-owner Julie Karaganis](- Bookstore Romance Day - Giveaways! Discounts! | Q&A with Copper Dog Books co-owner Julie Karaganis)Shelf Love episodes with transcriptsGuest: Nicole FallsTwitter | Website | #fallsonlove podcast | Buy Nicole's books - includes KU optionsWe Discussed:I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. JonesNotes:Why So Many Novellas, CCJ?

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Aug 2020

34 min 53 sec