Dr Amy Burge is a lecturer in popular fiction at Birmingham University, UK, with interests in the popular fiction (especially romance) genre, women’s writing, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and critical love studies. Her work is intersectional and cross-period; she uses historical perspectives to think through modern discourses of love, relationships, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. She has published research on contemporary women’s historical fiction, sexualisation and women’s advice literature, medieval and modern literary representations of virginity, and a study of religion, gender, and race in late medieval and twenty-first-century popular Orientalist romance fiction. Her book, Representing Difference in the Medieval and Modern Orientalist Romance (Palgrave, 2016) is the first comparative study of Orientalism in medieval and modern popular romance and compares the representation of erotic relationships across religious and cultural borders in late medieval Orientalist romance (1330-1450) and British and North American post 9/11 romantic fiction. She has recently presented research on early twentieth-century Scottish popular fiction and is working on a project exploring Arab and Muslim women’s genre fiction. Amy's current research interest is in cultural masculinity and is working, at present, on a cultural history of the alpha hero. She is interested in the intersection of nation, gender, and race in popular fiction and the anxieties and negotiations inherent in intersectional romance masculinities: the embodied cultural, political, social, and personal boundaries between self and other, familiar and strange, lover and enemy. She holds a Master’s degree and PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of York, and has worked elsewhere in the UK at the University of Edinburgh, Bishop Grosseteste University, and York St John University. Amy blogs at Thirty-Fifth Century Romance, and tweets at @dramyburge.