I've just updated my main page so that it mentions my latest research: I'm currently working on a series of essays about Americans’ beliefs and attitudes as expressed in US romance novels. The novels I'm planning to discuss include:
- Linnea Sinclair's Games of Command
- Rose Lerner's In for a Penny
- Jennifer Crusie's Fast Women
- Pamela Morsi's Simple Jess
- LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory
- Beverly Jenkins's Belle
- Karin Kallmaker's In Every Port
There will of course be some category romances in the mix too.
That's a long-term project; in the shorter term, the next issue of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies should include an essay I've written about Georgette Heyer. It probably contains more information than you ever wanted to know about early nineteenth-century Leeds (unless you're particularly interested in the history of Leeds) but the amount of detail demonstrates Heyer's commitment to historical accuracy when creating the settings of her novels. There's also a little bit in there about the history of jigsaw puzzles.