New network member Johanna Hoorenman (Utrecht)

Johanna Hoorenman is a lecturer in English literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.Her research focuses on women’s historical fiction, including popular romance fiction, working across canonical and popular texts and drawing connections between contemporary romance novels and precursors in amatory fiction and sentimental novels. She is particularly interested in representations of love as a personal experience, as a civic virtue, and as a radical ethic, and by questions of sexuality, domesticity and citizenship. She has published on poetry in Arizona Quarterly and Contemporary Literature, and on historical romance fiction in Romancing the Other: Essays on Love, Language, Place and Identity in Popular Culture and in The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. She is currently working a study of gendered conceptions of citizenship and cultural heritage in historical romance fiction, addressing the ways in which female readers read and imagine themselves into a history of Britishness and Christianity in which they have long held second-class citizenship. The first part of this research concerns settings of the Viking Age.

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