The world of romance fiction is vast – and it’s been around for quite some time. What qualities do romantic heroines have in common in these stories?
About Valerie Williamson
Valerie Williamson PhD graduated with a first class degree in English with film studies and creative writing. Her PhD in Communication and Cultural history was awarded in 2003.
Until retirement, Dr. Williamson was a university senior lecturer, teaching about popular narrative, the culture industries, especially publishing, film, television and multi-platform fandom, media and communication theory, media identities and British cultural history. She is a member of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Anthropological Society.
Dr Williamson has published on varied aspects of popular fictions, including articles in writers’ publications, chapters in academic books and research into the production and consumption of narrative (authorship and audiences) across various media. You can find her academic chapters in Consuming for Pleasure, Medical Fictions, Gendering Library History, Children’s Fantasy Fiction: Debates for the Twenty First Century, Relocating Britishness and Judging a Book by its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction.