Lisa Fletcher is Associate Professor of English and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. Her research on popular fiction includes Historical Romance Fiction: Heterosexuality and Performativity (Ashgate, 2008), Island Genres, Genre Islands: Representation and Conceptualisation in Popular Fiction (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017; co-authored with Ralph Crane), and Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is currently co-writing a short monograph on bestsellers and the geography of the book market with Elizabeth Leane.
University of Tasmania
Australian popular fiction is the most significant growth area in Australian trade publishing since the turn of the twenty-first century yet it has received little sustained scholarly attention (Fletcher et al. 5). Over the last two decades, the rhetoric of…