Saturday, April 17, 2010

Historical Romance thrives at Yale

Let me commence with with the quotation I swiped from the syllabus for "Reading Historical Romance, " taught by authors Lauren Willig and Andrea DaRif (w/a Cara Elliott):

“Although our [novels] have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried.  From pride, ignorance, or fashion, our foes are as many as our readers….”

                -- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1818)

I'm happy to report that while this continues to be true, at least 18 Yale students have a different point of view.  I was one of a panel invited to be interrogated by these students earlier in the week.  (L-R:  Lauren, Carrie Ferron of HarperCollins, Andrea, SB Sarah of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and me.)

These students are taking a course titled "Reading the Historical Romance"--a class I mentioned in a previous blog, whose required reading included, among other historical romances, my own Mr. Impossible.  Their thoughtful questions made me wish I'd been sitting in on all the classes.  It also made me wish we'd had more time to talk.  Our two-hour class was much too short.

Thank you, students, Andrea & Lauren, for a truly memorable day.


cara elliott said...

That means you will come back next year, right? (If we are lucky enough to do it again.)

The students LOVED talking with you! Thanks so much for coming.

Loretta Chase said...

If you do it again, I would love to be there again. Your students' enthusiasm was incredibly inspiring.