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IS 590 RRO - Advanced Problems in IS - Reading Romance in the Library

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Variety of newly developed and special topics courses on different aspects of the information sciences intended to augment the existing curriculum, offered as sections of IS 590. Course Information: Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. 1 to 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated. Class Schedule Information: Class materials fee or field trip fee may be required.

Special Instructions:

All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu. In this course we will examine romance readers and reading from a library perspective. More specifically, we will investigate the tension between romance fiction-s profound popularity and its frequent denigration. While we will explore the romance genre itself, we will situate our conversation in the institutional and ethical context of the library, primarily focusing on romance readers- motivations, meaning-making practices, and pleasures, on the one hand, and the ways in which librarians perceive, portray, serve, and sometimes criticize these readers on the other. Topics covered will include gender, taste, literacy, and professional ethics. Students will also develop some requisite skills to effectively advise romance readers in the library, though this is not the focus of the course. No antecedent familiarity with popular romance is required or expected. Prerequisite: Students should have complete

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 2 hr

Term(s): Fall


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