Chick Lit

Chick Lit

Author: Suzanne Ferriss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136092503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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From the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary that started the trend to the television sensation Sex and the City that captured it on screen, "chick lit" has become a major pop culture phenomenon. Banking on female audiences' identification with single, urban characters who struggle with the same life challenges, publishers have earned millions and even created separate imprints dedicated to the genre. Not surprisingly, some highbrow critics have dismissed chick lit as trashy fiction, but fans have argued that it is as empowering as it is entertaining. This is the first volume of its kind to examine the chick lit phenomenon from a variety of angles, accounting for both its popularity and the intense reactions-positive and negative-it has provoked. The contributors explore the characteristics that cause readers to attach the moniker "chick" to a particular book and what, if anything, distinguishes the category of chick lit from the works of Jane Austen on one end and Harlequin romance novels on the other. They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. The fourteen original essays gathered here also explore such trends and subgenres as "Sistah Lit," "Mommy Lit," and "Chick Lit Jr.," as well as regional variations. As the first book to consider the genre seriously, Chick Lit offers real insight into a new generation of women's fiction.
Chick Lit
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Suzanne Ferriss, Mallory Young
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-03-07 - Publisher: Routledge

From the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary that started the trend to the television sensation Sex and the City that captured it on screen, "chick lit" has become a major pop culture phenomenon. Banking on female audiences' identification with single, urban characters who struggle with the same life challenges, publishers have
Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit
Language: en
Pages: 193
Authors: Caroline J. Smith
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-12-12 - Publisher: Routledge

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Joint Hearing on the National Endowment for the Arts
Language: en
Pages: 466
Authors: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and the Workforce. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Categories: Art and state
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997 - Publisher:

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Language: en
Pages: 355
Authors: Philip F. Deaver
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-04-01 - Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

Why do accomplished writers (and grown-ups) like Ron Carlson, Rick Bass, and Michael Chabon (to name but a few of those represented here) still obsess over their baseball days? What is it about this green game of suspense that not only moves us but can also move us to flights
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Language: en
Pages: 324
Authors: Becky Bradway
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Indiana University Press

The 42 essays in this collection take their inspiration from the Midwest—not just from its physical terrain but from its emotional terrain as well. They come from writers of diverse backgrounds: poets, novelists, filmmakers, and journalists; some who came and stayed, some who came and left, and some who were