Nov. 7, 2011
Phyllis Betz, an expert in lesbian fiction, will present a lecture at Morningside College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
Her presentation is titled “Solving Crime, Resolving Passion: The Essential Role of Romance in Lesbian Detective Fiction.” She is an expert on the portrayal of lesbians in popular fiction, and she has written three books on the topic: “Lesbian Detective Fiction,” “The Lesbian Fantastic” and “Lesbian Romance Novels.” According to Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of English and a detective fiction scholar, “Dr. Betz’s work provides a contemporary history of lesbian in popular fiction, once portrayed as victims or predators and now as normal, competent people.”
Betz is an assistant professor of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pa. In the past five years she has presented several papers and articles on various aspects of popular culture and literature. She received her doctorate from the University of Maryland.
The presentation will be a part of the Dr. R. Franklin Terry Women’s Studies lecture series, which is coordinated by the Women’s Studies Task Force. This series has brought to campus well-known feminist scholars in many fields to share their research. The event is free and open to the public.