Let me commence with with the quotation I swiped from the syllabus for "Reading Historical Romance, " taught by authors
and Andrea DaRif (w/a
“Although our [novels] have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. From pride, ignorance, or fashion, our foes are as many as our readers….”
-- Jane Austen,
I'm happy to report that while this continues to be true, at least 18 Yale students have a different point of view. I was one of a panel invited to be interrogated by these students earlier in the week. (L-R: Lauren, Carrie Ferron of HarperCollins, Andrea, SB Sarah of
, and me.)
These students are taking a course titled "Reading the Historical Romance"--a class I mentioned in a
, whose required reading included, among other historical romances, my own
. Their thoughtful questions made me wish I'd been sitting in on all the classes. It also made me wish we'd had more time to talk. Our two-hour class was much too short.
Thank you, students, Andrea & Lauren, for a truly memorable day.