- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415975034
- ISBN-13: 978-0415975032
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,304,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction 1st Edition
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"In this pioneering book female critics take a serious look at what the genre has begotten thus far and consider its place in literary history, which has long cast a dubious eye on books written by women solely to please themselves and other women." -- Tania Modleski, author of Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-Produced Fantasies for Women
"Valuable addition to the field, not only of gender and popular culture but of feminism in general." --College Literature
About the Author
Suzanne Ferriss is Professor of English at Nova Southeastern University. She is co-author of A Handbook of Literary Feminisms and co-editor of two volumes on the cultural study of fashion: On Fashion and Footnotes: On Shoes.
Mallory Young is Professor of English and French at Tarleton State University.
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Top Customer Reviews
I admired the rather sour take on the genre by Wells, who backs up her criticism with comparisons of the craft of foremothers Austen, Bronte and Wharton with Fielding, Weisberger and Kinsella. Not that I agree with her, but it is refreshing to have an articulate naysayer in the collection of essays.
Most of the essayists use comparison well, but Kiernan's "No Satisfaction: Sex and the City, Run Catch Kiss, and the Conflict of Desires in Chick Lit's New Heroines" shows very clearly why Sohn's novel is a more disturbing read.
The index is excellent. It's easy to see that authors Fielding and Austen get the most refs, but what really help are the subheadings under the term "chick lit." Since Amazon doesn't have LOOK INSIDE for this edition at present, here are some of the subheadings: "female friendships and," "genre's formula, discussion of," "confessional narrative (instant messaging) style,"--very useful!
So does the publication of a scholarly but lively collection of essays mark the end of this genre (yeah, what ever happened to cyberpunk?)? I doubt it. Ferriss and Young's book convinced me that there has been a sea-change in contemporary fiction and provided a ton of new titles to read.