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

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posted on 2024-06-03, 09:22 authored by E Bullen, Kim ToffolettiKim Toffoletti, L Parsons
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.

History

Journal

Gender and education

Volume

23

Pagination

497-511

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

0954-0253

eISSN

1360-0516

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis

Issue

4

Publisher

Routledge