‘Fraught fantasies’ conversation with authors to take place Nov. 4

The Women’s Studies Program will be a hosting a conversation among authors Kallypso Masters and Ann Mayburn and Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jill Treftz. The discussion, entitled “Fraught Fantasies: Feminism, Erotic Literature, and BDSM,” will focus on women as writers and consumers of erotic literature and the controversies surrounding recent bestselling books such as Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

A bestselling author, Masters writes emotional and realistic novels including the Rescue Me series. She has been writing full-time since May 2011. Masters at Arms was her debut novel (published in August 2011), followed by Nobody’s Angel, Nobody’s Hero, and Nobody’s Perfect.

Mayburn is an award-winning author of over thirty erotica and romance novels including the Prides of the Moon series and Wild Lilly.  She is influenced by mythology and fairy tales and has written historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance novels.

Treftz holds a Ph.D. from Penn State. She teaches and writes about nineteenth-century British literature, fantasy and romance fiction. She is interested in representations of female desire in literature.

The conversation will be moderated by Leah Tolliver, coordinator of the Women’s Center at Marshall.

“Fraught Fantasies” will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in Drinko Library 402.  A reception and book signing with the authors will follow at 8 p.m. in the Drinko Atrium.  Books by Masters and Mayburn will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions or more information, contact Dr. Laura Michele Diener at ext. 6-2954 or Tolliver at ext. 6-3112.