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.
Field of Research
200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture