The romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo
Kate Cuthbert, at the time still managing editor for Escape Publishing (and now at Writers Victoria) presented this on the first morning of the conference. I had a severe migraine and unfortunately missed it. I say unfortunate because it was by all accounts a showstopper, and one of the highlights of the convention.
However it has been widely reported on a number of blogs and even in the Sydney Morning Herald, so I’ll link to some of those for people to read at their leisure.
Books and Publishing did a transcript: Consenting adults: Kate Cuthbert on the romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo.
Sydney Morning Herald did an article which quoted and referenced it: Turning Pages: Romance and the influence of #MeToo.
Honestly, I could have (SHOULD HAVE) been right there in the room! Of all the sessions to miss due to a lousy migraine, why did this have to be the one? Given my passion for academic discussions of romance fiction and literature, I feel like I missed out on something that is going to be seen as a turning point in terms of genre fiction.
In other news, the image accompanying this article is a digital collage created by me to accompany this discussion.