Lecture 12: Chick lit
What is Chicklit?
Literature that’s suppose to appeal to women
Literature written by women for women.
Chicklit as literature genre started with Bridget Jones
diary that is mother of chicklits.
She was an icon and many women indentified with her
She put women that are single and in they’re 30s on the
Defined as white girl in the big city searching for Mr. Rite
while shopping. Dieting and having lunch with her token
Often a evil boss who gets his or her do in the end.
Usually a best friend, has bad dating experience and falls
in love with an unintended love interest. Brand name
dropping and pop culture references.
Pink: even the ones that aren’t in pink are pastels and
your supposed to know automatically which gender this
literature is reserved for.
Romance novels are considered to be one of the most
embarrassing literatures to be reading on the subway.
You start by sinking into his arms and end by sinking your
hands into his sink (feminist approach).
Body chopping in chicklit:
Usually displays shoes and high heels on covers.
If its not high heels it’s a cartoon women strolling around
A headless women
And another common one is the martini.
What is the cover reminding us of? Sexy and city falls
under these plot lines
It’s also an appealing life style for escaping your own reality your own life.
Taking classic novels and turning them into a chicklit
Author suggests that Jane Austin was chicklit. Because
they had the same coming of age story, and plot.
Women and literature
All women can write is romantic sappy stuff.
Some women posed at men to be able to write and get
That’s only for girls only a silly kind of girls that we don’t
Chicklit and chick flick termed by men to staple media
that is reserved for women.
The idea if a chick culture.
Compares chicklit to sitcoms like Seinfeld.
Privileging the joke above the story
Puts friends above family.
Ryan says there not all literally junk food and that we
should pay just much attention to high culture as we do
pop-culture like art and opera.
Chicklit and Post-feminism:
Post feminism: we’ve moved past feminism and we are
Interesting denial and acceptance at the Same time:
Post feminism/ pleasures or problems? We say we’re
moving past feminism and do