Certainly, one can argue, as Harzewski, Whelehan and others have, that chick lit novels dramatize, with great verisimilitude, the social realities facing contemporary young women as they negotiate a shifting set of expectations for career and relationships—at least those women who are educated, urban and white. I love the style of each scholar and the content of each essay,which I wish the expand in more b Re-reading a classic for people investigating about chick-lit. A companion to the successful anthology Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction, this edited volume consists of 11 original essays, prefaced by an introduction situating chick flicks within the larger context of chick culture as well as women's cinema. 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. Its great benefit to chick-lit scholarship is in taking the texts seriously as works of literature, as texts which are often cleverly and creatively engaged in reappropriating and rewriting generic conventions while providing enormous pleasure to readers—and not just women.
I have mixed feelings about this book. A companion chapter, on Sex and the City and other chick-lit novels set in New York, will be of greater interest to chick-lit scholars. This book was quite interesting. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2009. 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. Ferriss has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, and delivered as many presentations at national and international conferences.
Mallory Young is Professor of English and French at Tarleton State University. Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. Her work, often cited, has been reprinted and translated into multiple languages, including Portuguese, Arabic, and Turkish. The scholarship is sound, if a bit repetitive. Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction By Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young.
They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. I think it did a good job reading too much into symbolism. The collection of essays was interesting and once again, there were a few that made me think--I can This is the first book I am officially reading for my monograph, so I'm excited and nervous. These chapters present the ways in which this genre can adapt and occupy a wider market niche. Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture. Instead, selected works deserve scholarly attention and reward serious literary study. The essays consider chick flicks from a variety of angles, touching on issues of film history, female sexuality heterosexual and homosexual , femininity, female friendship, age, race, ethnicity, class, consumerism, spectatorship, pleasure and gender definition.
Some of the essays were less interesting to me, but overall, this was a thought provoking read. The genre is a little more complicated that most readers think due to its cultural influence and its literary value, the last one constantly questioned. Above all, the two genres differ in their endings. They recently completed a second book, Spokes of the Wheel: From Bicycle to Motorcycle. Her work paves the way for scholars of both romance and chick lit to take up the threads of her investigation or to pursue other directions of literary analysis.
Want to get more out of the basic search box? They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. Filling a gap in the field, this book is essential reading for those studying or interested in literature, women's studies, cultural studies, and film and media studies. This apparent holy trinity of chick lit is invoked in some combination by every contributor in this volume. I had read some of the essays at the time, but always intended to return and finish the book at a later date. Overall, I enjoyed the b This book has been sitting on my bookshelf since 2008--I initially acquired it as a secondary research source for my senior thesis in college, on rom coms. Like all collections of essays by different writers, the readability and interest level varies dramatically from author to author--so I the three star rating in this case is intended to convey that variability. Nonetheless, the chapter does provide a thorough comparison that will be useful to those new to the study of chick lit.
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. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Suzanne Ferriss is Professor of English at Nova Southeastern University. The idealized protagonist of romance fiction, typically an active, intelligent beauty, is nowhere to be seen in chick lit, which features protagonists who are highly conscious and critical of their physical appearance and who are more often pictured as flawed than feisty. Tasker, Yvonne and Diane Negra. While I would never use this book in its totality in a course, I would definitely use chapters on specific topics. Her book excels in its analysis of chick lit in relation to established, traditional literary genres, from the Bild ungsroman to the novel of manners.
I am mostly a consumer of unrealistic media, like superhero films, so whether women are accurately portrayed doesn't really matter to me. She has co-edited two volumes on the cultural study of fashion: On Fashion and Footnotes: On Shoes. The most interesting chapters deal with racial and geographic subgenres such as chick lit for African American women, Southern chick lit, and most interestingly, Hungarian chick lit. I love the style of each scholar and the content of each essay,which I wish the expand in more books or articles. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. In terms of my own monograph, I think it will be incredibly useful. Unfortunately, this becomes overwhelming as you move through the book and, for me, clouded the work as a whole.
Her book devotes sustained literary and feminist analysis to its origins, development and significance. Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. It would've gotten a four with the action and sci fi movie, and maybe the second chapter, edited out. Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. Overall, it seemed as though the main questions were whether women were accurately portrayed, and whether the portrayal is helpful or harmful.
However, it was quite interesting to read about how these female characters do o This book was quite interesting. Even though the overall work suffers from repetition of the same founding mothers, individually each chapter covers some fascinating material. They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. Harzewski argues that romance fiction presents men as objects of erotic desire who are valued for their sexual prowess. As the first book to consider the genre seriously,Chick Litoffers real insight into a new generation of women's fiction. I've had it for a few weeks and was waiting till I had Evernote.