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Queen's University experts comment on Valentine's Day


How to use Jane Austen to brush up on your romance skills: Robert Morrison (Department of English at Queen’s)

Queen’s University English professor Robert Morrison says single males looking to attract women should spend a little more time reading Jane Austen novels and less time in the gym.

“Men today can still learn a great deal by reading Jane Austen and what she has to say on love, relationships, the battle of the sexes, hope, promiscuity, courtship, and happiness,” says Dr. Morrison. “Austen wrote some of the most powerful love stories in Western literature, and though 200 years have passed since her novels were published, they still have a remarkable ability to speak to the modern world. Her six novels continue to exert a profound influence on our culture.

Robert Morrison is Queen’s National Scholar and an expert in Romanticism and early nineteenth-century literature. His edition of Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, was published by Harvard University Press: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?recid=31301.


Valentine’s Day then and now: John-Kurt Pliniussen (Queen’s School of Business)

Queen’s School of Business professor John-Kurt Pliniussen is available to comment on how Valentine’s Day can be celebrated using traditional approaches and their modern alternatives.

Valentines is a perfect day to reach out and be serious or have some fun reminding key people in our lives that they have a place in our hearts,” says Dr. Pliniussen. “In the past it was expected that men initiated the V-day ritual. Now with same sex couples, there are also many more options for men and women to take the lead.  There are very cool social media apps and online options now (aka – state of the art) and also more traditional or old-fashioned alternatives too (aka - state of the ark).”

“You can spend mountains of money or just a little time and effort. What matters most is that a person matters enough for you to share the care in a way that is authentic to your values.”

Please note that Dr. Pliniussen is only available for phone interviews.


Love in the age of Facebook and Snapchat: Sidneyeve Matrix (Film and Media Studies)

Social media expert Sidneyeve Matrix can talk about the impacts of social and mobile media on romantic relationships, rituals of cyber courtship, and virtual matchmaking, from cyberflirting to virtual PDA, from couple selfies to sexy texting.

Please note that Dr. Matrix is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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