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Thread by @JodiMcA: "First up in the final Romance session at : Eric Selinger on disenchantment, modern love, and romance fiction. Selinger: what make […]" #popcaanz18

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First up in the final Romance session at #PopCAANZ18: Eric Selinger on disenchantment, modern love, and romance fiction.
Selinger: what makes modern love problematic? Illouz borrows from Weber and says it is a "disenchanted thing". #popcaanz18
Selinger notes the role of "technologies of choice" in happy endings (eg. marriage can be a happy ending if divorce is possible). #PopCAANZ18
Selinger: are uncertainty and irony some of the underpinnings of modern love? Does this have to be pessimistic, if so? Can uncertainty be magical? #popcaanz18
Selinger: do theological allusions offer a window of enchantment in romantic discourse (ie. notions of Providence)? #PopCAANZ18
Next up: Nattie Golubov, presenting on the surveillant gaze in FBI romance. #popcaanz18
Golubov: this genre mitigates uncertainty and fear by highlighting the positive aspects of the systemic institution of the FBI while ignoring the negative aspects of surveillance. #PopCAANZ18
Golubov: the surveillant gaze of the FBI agent exists on a spectrum with the romantic gaze of the lover in these novels. #popcaanz18
Golubov: the gaze of the FBI agent does not sort the beloved into a category, although this is what they have been trained to do. #PopCAANZ18
Golubov: all the ideological state apparatus are connected through family in these novels. #PopCAANZ18
Golubov: three categories of people in these novels: the good, the traitors, and the monsters. #popcaanz18
Finally in this session (and for Romance at #popcaanz18): Venetia Robertson, talking about tattoos, weddings, and enduring Harry Potter fandom.
Robertson: because many of the original fans of Harry Potter are now adult, more adult merchandise is now available (tattoos, alcohol, college courses). #PopCAANZ18
Robertson is interested in the "secular sacred" in fandom - looking here at Harry Potter-themed tattoos and weddings. #popcaanz18
Robertson: love + fandom + ritual = enchantment? Where does belief fit in this equation? #popcaanz18
Robertson: love is both a major thematic concern of the HP books, and represents a method of fan engagement. #popcaanz18
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