Dr Jodi McAlister is a Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. Her research interests include representations of romantic love in popular culture, and popular fiction as both a textual and industrial phenomenon. She is also an author: her young adult novels Valentine (2017) and Ironheart (2018) have been published by Penguin Teen Australia, with Misrule to follow in 2019.
In The Merchants of Culture, John B. Thompson remarks on the difficulties of writing about a present-day industry, where its swift evolution renders any scholarship on it in danger of ‘immediate obsolescence’ (xi). This challenge is especially familiar to…