My Articles


Selinger, Eric Murphy and Laura Vivanco, 2021. "Romance and/as religion." The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction. Ed. Hsu-Ming Teo, Eric Murphy Selinger and Jayashree Kamblé. Abingdon: Routledge. 485-510. [Description]

Vivanco, Laura, 2020. "Changing Attitudes to Others: Meljean Brook’s Riveted (2012) and Its Context." Love, Language, Place, and Identity in Popular Culture: Romancing the Other. Ed. María T. Ramos-García and Laura Vivanco. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington. 113-126. [Description]

Vivanco, Laura, 2017. " 'A Place We All Dream About': Greece in Mills & Boon Romances." Greece in British Women’s Literary Imagination, 1913-2013. Ed. Eleni Papargyriou, Semele Assinder and David Holton. New York: Peter Lang. 81-98. [Abstract]

Vivanco, Laura, 2013. "Georgette Heyer: The Nonesuch of Regency Romance." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 3.2. [It is also freely available as a pdf.]

Vivanco, Laura, 2012. "Feminism and Early Twenty-First Century Harlequin Mills & Boon Romances." Journal of Popular Culture 45.5: 1060–1089. [Excerpt.]

Vivanco, Laura, 2012. "Jennifer Crusie's Literary Lingerie." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 2.2. [It is also freely available as a pdf.]

Vivanco, Laura, 2012. "One Ring to Bind Them: Ring Symbolism in Popular Romance Fiction."  New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays. Ed. Sarah S. G. Frantz and Eric Murphy Selinger. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. 99-107. [In a review of the volume in the Journal of American Culture 37.2 (2014) this was described as one of two "particularly cogent essays" in a collection of seventeen "remarkably erudite and instructive essays" (238). I was inspired by a discussion on Jennifer Crusie's blog about the "glittery hooha," a term also discussed in the following essay.]

Vivanco, Laura and Kyra Kramer, 2010. "There Are Six Bodies in This Relationship: An Anthropological Approach to the Romance Genre." Journal of Popular Romance Studies 1.1. [It is also freely available as a pdf.]


Laura Vivanco. "Let’s Not Get Carried Away by The Sheik," in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.

Less Formal Pieces

An index is available of  many of the topics and romance novels I have analysed on the Teach Me Tonight academic romance blog. I've also written a guest blog post about the development of Australian romance. Longer essays I've published on this website are: