This talk delves into one of the most powerful and omnipresent cultural storylines: Find your one true love and live happily ever after. How does this narrative function in popular culture and especially in the massive global market of women-oriented romantic fiction?
Catherine Roach uncovers what we learn from the romance story about today’s changing norms for gender and sexuality and about the nature of happiness and love.
Catherine is Professor of Gender and Culture Studies in New College at the University of Alabama and spent 2013-14 in residence at the University of Leeds as Fulbright Distinguished Chair.
She is author of Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture. Her most recent book is Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture, which won a Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She publishes romance fiction as Catherine LaRoche.