Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit

Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit

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Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit focuses on the literary phenomenon popularly known as chick lit, and the way in which this genre interfaces with magazines, self-help books, romantic comedies, and domestic-advice publications. This recent trend in womena€™s popular fiction, which began in 1996 with the publication of British author Helen Fieldinga€™s novel Bridget Jonesa€™s Diary, uses first person narration to chronicle the romantic tribulations of its young, single, white, heterosexual, urban heroines. Critics of the genre have failed to fully appreciate chick lita€™s complicated representations of women as both readers and consumers. In this study, Smith argues that chick lit questions the qconsume and achieve promiseq offered by advice manuals marketed toward women, subverting the consumer industry to which it is so closely linked and challenging cultural expectations of women as consumers, readers, and writers, and of popular fiction itself.Like magazines and self-help books, domestic-advice manuals are explicitly prescriptive, sometimes even more so ... its pages, filled with Jadite Waring 60th Anniversary Blenders and KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers, construct an ideal for itsanbsp;...

Title:Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit
Author:Caroline J. Smith
Publisher:Routledge - 2007-12-12


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