Wow, Romance Novels have entered the hallowed halls of Princeton University by way of a Conference held April 23-24. Below is a link to an article written by Joanne Rendell, a participant in the conference. Following it is a link to Princeton explaining the Conference:
"This two-day symposium will be the first national conference to focus on the multiple ways that romance novels—long the most maligned of literary texts—can provide rich critical insight for the study of American culture, politics, and society. This explicitly contextual, interdisciplinary, and American focus represents a rich new direction for the field of romance fiction studies."