I've had writers' block now for about a year, so I don't have any more academic work in progress. However, I did manage to get an essay through the peer review process and "Historical Accuracy, Racism, Courtney Milan, and The Duke Who Didn’t Conform to Genre Norms" is now freely available in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, volume 11 (here's the pdf).
By the time it got to the time to produce an abstract, I think I must have lost steam because it's very short:
This essay seeks to demonstrate that Courtney Milan’s The Duke Who Didn’t (2020) is a “novel of ideas” which challenges readers to examine the concept of “historical accuracy” and the racism that may be perpetuated by its invocation. The historical context in which the novel itself emerged is also examined.
However, over on Twitter I got a bit of help since one reader (@changhenge1) tweeted about it, saying that
This is an excellent paper! Really interesting look at that old 'historical accuracy' bugbear and what it means & represents. And especially excellent in using the narrative setup of The Duke Who Didn't to demonstrate this.
and @jbb_melissa added that "It's an excellent, insightful piece that gave me a really helpful new lens through which to understand histrom."