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UNSUITABLE #21: When Romance Isn't 'Trashy'

On Fiction and Perception with Barbara Claypole White
April 11th, 2018
12:00 PM

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem
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A light lunch will be served.

“Women’s Fiction” is a broad category including contemporary blockbusters like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook, as well as light popular comedy like Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary and rich historical narratives like Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. If all of these novels include central love stories, why aren’t they considered part of the huge romance genre? What determines how a novel will be packaged and sold: quality of writing, author platform, the seriousness of issues in the story, cover images, publicity and marketing departments, booksellers, or reader expectations? One author shares her experiences writing and publishing women’s fiction in the new millennium. Join us for a public conversation with author Barbara Claypole White.

Co-sponsors include Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, African & African American Studies, History Department, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Religious Studies, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, #Artstigators, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

Barbara Claypole White

Originally from England, bestselling author Barbara Claypole White writes and gardens in the forests of Orange County. As an OCD advocate for a nonprofit that promotes advocacy over adversity, her passion is to chip away at the stereotypes of invisible disabilities—whether she's crafting ...

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