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Katie Deane

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Engagement and diversity in twenty-first century popular fiction publishing: An interdisciplinary study of Mills & Boon

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


“‘Like harvest moon, except I ate a guy:’ Graveyard Keeper’s Dark Ecology”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, June 2021, pp. 146-64, doi:10.5283/copas.347.


“Keynote panel: The Birmingham Romance Research Group.” International Association for the Study of Popular Romance 2023 Conference, University of Birmingham, 29 June 2023, Birmingham, UK. 

“Autographic transfocalization in the romance: the case of Midnight Sun.” International Association for the Study of Popular Romance 2023 Conference, University of Birmingham, 28 June 2023, Birmingham, UK. 

“Performance and Becoming: Wedekind’s Lulu as ‘Überfrau.’” German Studies Undergraduate Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, 30 November 2012, Bloomington, IN, US.  

Other Research Interests

  • Fan and audience studies
  • Literary paratexts
  • Genre fiction
  • Popular seriality
  • (Trans)media industries
  • Screen cultures
  • Platform studies


  • International Association for the Study of Popular Romance
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien


MA Freie Universität Berlin, North American Studies
BA Wesleyan University, Studio Art and German Studies

Honors and awards

2015 Research Grant awarded by Wesleyan University German Studies department
2014 Baden-Württemberg Stipendium recipient for 2014-2015
2014 Departmental Honors, Studio Art, Wesleyan University
2013 Urkunde in recognition of outstanding achievements in the study of the German Language and Literature, Consul General of Germany