Chick Lit

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Author: Suzanne Ferriss
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136092501
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Chick Lit by Suzanne Ferriss

Original Title: Chick Lit

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.

The World According To Bridget Jones

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Author: Katarzyna Smyczyńska
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
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The World According To Bridget Jones by Katarzyna Smyczyńska

Original Title: The World According To Bridget Jones

The World According to Bridget Jones: Discourses of Identity in Chicklit Fictions examines the cultural functioning of a popular contemporary strand in mainstream Anglo-American literature, known as « chicklit. Assuming that the interpretive potential of chicklit novels is connected with the process of identity formation, the book points out the possibility of the reader's identification with certain fictional discourses permeating the convention. The study focuses on complex links between Anglo-American cultural discourses and narrative constructions of identity and explores narrative representations of contemporary family, love, and sexuality. It also tackles the relation between chicklit and consumerism, reconstructing salient characteristics of contemporary consumer culture and the position of the fictional female consumer within discourses of body, beauty, and shopping.

Flirting With Pride And Prejudice

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Author: Jennifer Crusie
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1932100725
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Flirting With Pride And Prejudice by Jennifer Crusie

Original Title: Flirting With Pride And Prejudice

Leading authors contribute to this fresh collection of essays on this 19th-century classic--everything from Lydia's scandalous marriage to George Wickham to the female-dominated Bennett household and the emphasis placed on courtship and marriage.

Chick Lit And Postfeminism

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Author: Stephanie Harzewski
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813930715
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Chick Lit And Postfeminism by Stephanie Harzewski

Original Title: Chick Lit And Postfeminism

Originally a euphemism for Princeton University’s Female Literary Tradition course in the 1980s, "chick lit" mutated from a movement in American women’s avant-garde fiction in the 1990s to become, by the turn of the century, a humorous subset of women’s literature, journalism, and advice manuals. Stephanie Harzewski examines such best sellers as Bridget Jones’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.

Even A Blind Chick Sometimes Finds A Bargain Analysis Of Chick Lit In Relation To Post Feminism And The Market

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Author: Katharina Kirchhoff
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656892989
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Even A Blind Chick Sometimes Finds A Bargain Analysis Of Chick Lit In Relation To Post Feminism And The Market by Katharina Kirchhoff

Original Title: Even A Blind Chick Sometimes Finds A Bargain Analysis Of Chick Lit In Relation To Post Feminism And The Market

Essay from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Free University of Berlin (Englische Philologie), language: English, abstract: The twenty-first century heroine fights in a Prada dress, in the jungle of big cities, not for world peace but for bargain buys. Today’s heroines also have to be versatile to meet the requirements of post-feminism, popular culture and neo-liberalism: they work, they care for friends, they have to fight for Mr.Right (so they don’t end up as a spinster eaten by cats), they do Brazilian Waxing and most importantly, they shop. When Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones stated that she had decided to “go shopping and stop obsessing” (Fielding 80) it seemed as if a wall was pulled down and women in "Chick Lit" went shopping as if there was no tomorrow. Thanks to credit cards, there is indeed no limit. On the one hand, those women are mostly educated and independent with a solid income, but on the other hand they get into debt for the newest Hermes scarf to achieve an ideal which is propagated in popular culture. Here the question emerges: What significance does the fashion and beauty industry have for women in the 21st century? This essay will answer that question, proving that while the fashion and beauty industry as well as post-feminism propagates the economic independence of women and, in connection, massive consumerism as a symbol for the liberation of women, shopping instead reflects the subliminal oppression of women by the market. The background and theoretical framework for this thesis is provided by Angela McRobbie, one of the leading feminist theorists of the 21st century, who states that the fashion and beauty industry “appears to displace traditional modes of patriarchal authority” (McRobbie 61). My object of analysis is Sophie Kinsella’s "Chick Lit" novel "Confessions of a Shopaholic", as to the heroines in "Chick Lit" shopping is a central and essential part of their lives and is presented as a way to create one’s identity, according to the ideals of popular culture under the guidance of the fashion and beauty industry. "Chick Lit" heroines are often presented as fashionistas who define themselves by the clothes and brands they wear always desperately trying to prove their individuality and to confirm their identity. Free and excessive shopping is put on a level with liberation and emancipation, as "Chick Lit" fashionistas are economically independent working women. This is where the aspect of post-feminism comes into account, as it goes hand in hand with neo-liberal ideas like freedom through economic independence, individuality and competition.

2012 Children S Writer S Illustrator S Market

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Author: Chuck Sambuchino
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599632454
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2012 Children S Writer S Illustrator S Market by Chuck Sambuchino

Original Title: 2012 Children S Writer S Illustrator S Market

The Most Trusted Guide to the World of Children's Publishing If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, the 2012 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is the trusted resource you need. For more than 20 years, CWIM has been the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you'll find more than 700 listings for children's book publishers and magazines, including a point of contact, how much they pay, and what they're looking for. You'll also find: Interviews with acclaimed best-selling authors, such as Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), M.T. Anderson (Feed), Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver), and Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls series) Advice from dozens of prominent literary agents, most of whom are seeking new clients Other informative articles on topics such as composing a query letter, selling articles to magazines, creating your writer "voice," working with co-writers, attending a writers conference, and more Includes an exclusive 60-minute FREE WEBINAR with Chuck Sambuchino that will teach you how to use this book and see your work in print. "Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is invaluable for writers of children's books. Chock-full of publishing resources, it's a must-have!" —Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush Hush and Crescendo "Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market is the most complete, trusted, definitive, and inspiring source of publishing opportunities for children's writers and illustrators working today." —Mary Kole, literary agent and award-winning blogger ( PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the ebook version of this title.

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

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Author: Deborah Halverson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118092902
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Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies by Deborah Halverson

Original Title: Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers? Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication. Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voice Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts How to break into the flourishing young adult market With the help of this step-by-step guide, you'll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.

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