Chick Lit and Postfeminism


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University of Virginia Press
Publish Date
February 09, 2011
6.13 X 0.66 X 8.98 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Stephanie Harzewski is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of New Hampshire.


Like Carrie Bradshaw in her Manolo Blahniks, Chick Lit and Post-feminism steps out in style. Smart, thoughtful, and well-written, it offers a historical understanding of this decidedly postfeminist genre, while offering insight into contemporary gender politics and femininity.

--Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London, and coeditor of Reading Sex and the City

The explosion of a new type of novel by and for women--dubbed, for better or worse, 'chick lit'--has provoked much controversy in the mainstream press and in the literary world. Despite all the commotion over the works by the latest mob of 'damned scribbling women, ' as Nathaniel Hawthorne called women writers of the nineteenth century, little scholarly attention has focused on these texts. Harzewski's is one of the first full-length studies devoted to chick lit, and the most wide-ranging to date. Chick Lit and Postfeminism is written in a clear, readable style and is a solid book that will be read with interest and no doubt taken up and debated.

--Tania Modleski, University of Southern California, author of Feminism without Women: Culture and Criticism in a "Postfeminist" Age

Chick Lit and Postfeminism is a bold and fascinating exploration of the 'most culturally visible form of postfeminist fiction'--chick lit. Demanding and sometimes dizzying in its range and readings, the book moors the genre in the commodified context of women's lives in the twenty-first century, refashioning our understanding of this irreverent, ubiquitous, and (contrary to popular belief) important genre of fiction.

--Mary Bly (Eloisa James), Fordham University, New York Times best-selling author

Stephanie Harzewksi's study of chick lit yields important social observations about the upheavals in today's marriages, our courtship rituals, feminism, and postmodern values.

AAUW knows how important it is to read feminist books with positive portrayals of women all year long. So the next time, and there will be a next time, we curl up with a heart-warming chick lit boo book, let's take a cue from Harzewski and consider how the protagonist is being portrayed, what her real goals are, and then, for fun, how we would change the story, the protagonist, and even the love interest.

--American Association of University Women

Postfeminist chick lit published since 2001 has served to provide humor in an otherwise humorless decade of unemployment, the events of 9/11, and a downturn in the economy, according to Harzewski. In this light, recent chick lit has tended to be somewhat repetitious and in danger itself of falling prey to caricature, much as the predecessors it initially parodied. Yet, as Harzewski reminds readers, chick lit is responsible for transforming the genre of the novel, thus reinvigorating a form of literature that has "come full circle" in the nearly three centuries since its invention.

--JASNA News (The Newsletter of the )Jane Austen Society of North America