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Cancelled: Pride and Prejudice Redux on March 16

Please note that the UNSUITABLE event “Pride and Prejudice Redux” featuring Uzma Jalaluddin and Eileen Chow, originally scheduled for March 16, has been cancelled due to Duke University’s extended spring break. The April 1 and April 13 events have not yet been cancelled or changed. Please consult the schedule closer to those dates. We look forward to hopefully  seeing you… Read more →

Spring 2019 Events Sneak Peek

Here at UNSUITABLE we’re busy planning an exciting Spring 2019 season of visitors.  Mark your calendars and save the dates for award-winning author of gorgeous contemporary romances Sonali Dev on February 15th, and bestselling author of brilliantly original historical romances Theresa Romain on March 22nd.  Look for more special guest announcements to come soon, and please note our change of… Read more →

Cinderella Revisited (Or, Why I Teach the History of the Romance Novel to University Students)

In early 2016, as part of an effort to encourage more university Women’s Studies programs to include courses about popular fiction in their offerings, one of the largest US publishing companies, HarperCollins Publishers, created a blog called Gender & Genre (full disclosure: this is currently my publisher), and invited its academically inclined authors of women’s fiction to contribute to it.… Read more →

What Is “The Romance Novel” Course?

Empowered heroines? Great sex? Wildly popular? IT MUST BE “TRASH”   If you’re a Duke undergrad or graduate student visiting here for the first time, welcome! “The Romance Novel” course (HST 248S.01) is for students interested in popular culture, popular fiction, history, literature, questions of race, ethnicity, gender and sexualities (femininity and masculinity), writing, and creative entrepreneurship. This course explores the history, development, consumption and… Read more →