Doing what your big sister does : sex, postfeminism and the YA chick lit series

Bullen, Elizabeth, Toffoletti, Kim and Parsons, L 2011, Doing what your big sister does : sex, postfeminism and the YA chick lit series, Gender and education, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 497-511, doi: 10.1080/09540253.2010.499852.

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Title Doing what your big sister does : sex, postfeminism and the YA chick lit series
Author(s) Bullen, ElizabethORCID iD for Bullen, Elizabeth
Toffoletti, KimORCID iD for Toffoletti, Kim
Parsons, L
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 497
End page 511
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 0954-0253
Keyword(s) postfeminism
chick lit
children’s literature
series fiction
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
children's literature
Summary Mass-marketed teen chick lit has become a publishing phenomenon and has begun to attract critical interest among children’s literature scholars. Much of this critical work, however, has shied away from robust critical assessment of the postfeminist conditions informing the production and reception of young adult series like Private, Gossip Girl and Choose Your Own Destiny. Existing analyses may nod to the origins of the genre in women’s chick lit, but do not investigate how the postfeminist construction of ‘empowered’ female (hetero) sexuality translates into chick lit for young adults. Paying particular attention to these issues, this paper draws on feminist critiques of postfeminism to interrogate the implications of the way these novels position readers to understand their sexuality. In doing so, it poses postfeminist criticism as an unconsidered yet significant framework to evaluate novels for teenage girls.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540253.2010.499852
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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