Chick Lit and Postfeminism

Chick Lit and Postfeminism

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Originally a euphemism for Princeton Universitya€™s Female Literary Tradition course in the 1980s, qchick litq mutated from a movement in American womena€™s avant-garde fiction in the 1990s to become, by the turn of the century, a humorous subset of womena€™s literature, journalism, and advice manuals. Stephanie Harzewski examines such best sellers as Bridget Jonesa€™s Diary The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex and the City as urban appropriations of and departures from the narrative traditions of the novel of manners, the popular romance, and the bildungsroman. Further, Harzewski uses chick lit as a lens through which to view gender relations in U.S. and British society in the 1990s. Chick Lit and Postfeminism is the first sustained historicization of this major pop-cultural phenomenon, and Harzewski successfully demonstrates how chick lit and the critical study of it yield social observations on upheavals in Anglo-American marriage and education patterns, heterosexual rituals, feminism, and postmodern values.Stephanie Harzewski examines such best sellers as Bridget Jonesa€™s Diary The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex and the City as urban appropriations of and departures from the narrative traditions of the novel of manners, the popular romance, and ...


Title:Chick Lit and Postfeminism
Author: Stephanie Harzewski
Publisher:University of Virginia Press - 2011-02-09
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