I’ve been studying popular romance novels for many years now, but I began my academic career in Hispanomedievalism.

I maintain a database of scholarship on popular romance fiction.


My PhD is from the University of St Andrews. The thesis is available online here.

Other Publications

Selinger, Eric Murphy and Laura Vivanco, 2021. “Romance and/as religion.” The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction. Ed. Hsu-Ming Teo, Eric Murphy Selinger and Jayashree Kamblé. Abingdon: Routledge. 485-510.

Vivanco, Laura, 2020. Faith, Love, Hope and Popular Romance Fiction. Self-published.

Vivanco, Laura, 2020. “Let’s Not Get Carried Away by The Sheik.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies 9.

Vivanco, Laura, 2020. “Changing Attitudes to Others: Meljean Brook’s Riveted (2012) and Its Context.” Love, Language, Place, and Identity in Popular Culture: Romancing the Other. Ed. María T. Ramos-García and Laura Vivanco. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington. 113-126.

Vivanco, Laura, 2017. ” ‘A Place We All Dream About’: Greece in Mills & Boon Romances.” Greece in British Women’s Literary Imagination, 1913-2013. Ed. Eleni Papargyriou, Semele Assinder and David Holton. New York: Peter Lang. 81-98. [Abstract and pdf]

Vivanco, Laura, 2016. Pursuing Happiness: Reading American Romance as Political Fiction. Tirril, Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks.

Vivanco, Laura, 2013. “Georgette Heyer: The Nonesuch of Regency Romance.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies 3.2.

Vivanco, Laura, 2012. “Feminism and Early Twenty-First Century Harlequin Mills & Boon Romances.” Journal of Popular Culture 45.5: 1060–1089.

Vivanco, Laura, 2012. “Jennifer Crusie’s Literary Lingerie.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies 2.2.

Vivanco, Laura, 2012. “One Ring to Bind Them: Ring Symbolism in Popular Romance Fiction.”  New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays. Ed. Sarah S. G. Frantz and Eric Murphy Selinger. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. 99-107.

Vivanco, Laura, 2011. For Love and Money: The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance. Tirril, Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks.

Vivanco, Laura and Kyra Kramer, 2010. “There Are Six Bodies in This Relationship: An Anthropological Approach to the Romance Genre.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies 1.1.

2008. ‘The Poems in Diego de San Pedro’s Arnalte y Lucenda and Arnalte’s Imitatio Mariae‘, The Spain of the Catholic Monarchs: Papers from the Quincentenary Conference (Bristol, 2004), ed. David Hook, University of Bristol Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Monographs (Bristol: Department of Hispanic, Portuguese, & Latin American Studies, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol), pp. 131-153. [Abstract. Full text and pdf available.]

2004. Death in Fifteenth-Century Castile: Ideologies of the Elites, Colección Tamesis, A 205 (Woodbridge: Tamesis).

2004. ‘ “Parece cuento de historias viejas”: Cárcel de Amor and the Crónica del Rey Don Pedro’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 81.2: 157-173.

2003. ‘Calisto, his Falcon, and the Ape: the Iconography of the Sanguine in Celestina?’, in Proceedings of the Twelfth Colloquium, ed. Alan Deyermond & Jane Whetnall, Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar, 35 (London: Dept of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London), pp. 89-100. [Abstract. Full text and pdf available.]

2002. ‘Birds of a Feather: Predator and Prey in Celestina’, Celestinesca 26: 5-27.

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