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UNSUITABLE #17, “OMG, it’s me!”: The Importance of Representation in Romance Fiction, and the Difficulties of Getting it Right

April 12th, 2017
6:30 PM


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011) 

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Lyons is a former academic who studied Jane Austen, romance fiction, and feminist narratology. She is currently the Editorial Director of Riptide Publishing, a small queer romance press. Tonight, Sarah will argue the importance of broad representation of sexual, gender, and racial minorities in publishing, and will discuss the process of getting it right…and the pitfalls of getting it wrong.

UNSUITABLE” is an events series that engages students and members of the Durham community in a discussion of women’s interests and popular fiction. It is run in conjunction with “Publishing & Marketing Popular Fiction: A Case Study of the Romance Novel” course at Duke University. Our sponsors include Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, History Department, Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, #Artstigators, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. All “UNSUITABLE” events are free and open to the public.