By Angela K. Smith
By Cristina Emanuela Dascalu
By Susan M. Felch
By Heike Missler
Chick lit is the selling label attributed to a surge of books released within the wake of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) and Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City (1997). Branded by means of their purple or pastel-coloured booklet covers, chick-lit novels were a hugely profitable and ubiquitous made of women's pop culture because the past due Nineties.
This research lines the evolution of chick lit not just as a style of renowned fiction, yet as a cultural phenomenon. It complicates the family tree of the texts by means of situating them firmly within the context of age-old debates approximately girl literary construction, and through highlighting the dynamics of the popular-fiction industry. providing a resounding dissection of the formulation which lies on the middle of chick lit, in addition to in-depth analyses of a few chick-lit titles starting from vintage to more moderen and edgier texts, this publication yields new insights right into a really younger box of educational examine. Its shut readings supply astute tests of chick lit's notoriously skewed representational politics, specially in regards to sexuality and ethnicity, which feed into present discussions approximately postfeminism. furthermore, the research makes a special contribution to the scholarly debate of chick lit through together with an research of the (online) fan groups the style has fostered.
The Cultural Politics of Chick Lit weaves a legitimate methodological community, drawing on reader-response feedback; feminist, gender, and queer concept; impact experiences; and whiteness experiences. This e-book is an obtainable and fascinating learn for somebody drawn to postfeminism and well known culture.
By Maja Horn
"The principles approximately masculinization of energy built via Horn are very important not just to Dominican scholarship but additionally to Caribbean and different Latin American scholars of the intersection of historical past, political strength, and gendered practices and discourses."--Emilio Bejel, writer of Gay Cuban Nation
Any observer of Dominican political and literary discourse will speedy become aware of the superiority of convinced notions of hyper-masculinity. during this remarkable paintings, Maja Horn argues that those gender conceptions turned ingrained throughout the dictatorship (1930-1961) of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, in addition to in the course of the U.S. army career that preceded it.
Where earlier reviews have concentrated more often than not on Spanish colonialism and the sharing of the island with Haiti, Horn emphasizes the underexamined and lasting impression of U.S. imperialism and the way it ready the terrain for Trujillo’s hyperbolic language of masculinity. She additionally demonstrates how later makes an attempt to emasculate just like Trujillo frequently reproduced an identical masculinist ideology popularized by way of his government.
Through the lens of gender politics, Horn permits readers to re-evaluate the continued legacy of the Trujillato, together with the fairly vulnerable social pursuits shaped round racial and ethnic identities, sexuality, or even hard work. She deals fascinating new interpretations of such writers as Hilma Contreras, Rita Indiana Hernández, and Junot Díaz, revealing the methods they problem dominant political and canonical literary discourses.
By Rei Magosaki
Arguing that the particular institution of the sort of severe point of view on imperialism and globalization required the expansive and internationalist imaginative and prescient of editors who supported, cultivated, and promoted those works, Tricksters and Cosmopolitans unearths the negotiations among those authors and their publishers and among the shared funding in either politics and aesthetics that inspired the narrative constitution of key works within the Asian American literary canon.
By Massimo Fusillo
while these kind of styles are characterised via a projection of emotional values onto items, modernism highlights a extra latent element of item fetishism: the fascination with the alterity of subject, variously inflected through Proust, Woolf, Joyce, Barnes, and Mann. The final turning element in Fusillo's research is postmodernism and its obsession with mass media icons-from DeLillo's maximalist frescos and Zadie Smith's reflections on autographs to Palahniuk's porn items; from pop paintings to commodity sculpture.
By Michael R. Finn
By Andrew Bennett,Nicholas Royle
Lively, unique and hugely readable, An advent to Literature, feedback and conception is the fundamental consultant to literary reports. beginning at ‘The starting’ and concluding with ‘The End’, chapters diversity from the frequent, reminiscent of ‘Character’, ‘Narrative’ and ‘The Author’, to the more odd, resembling ‘Secrets’, ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Ghosts’. Now in its 5th variation, Bennett and Royle’s vintage textbook effectively illuminates complicated principles through enticing at once with literary works, in order that a interpreting of Jane Eyre opens up methods of pondering racial distinction, for instance, whereas Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a dialogue of literature and laughter.
The 5th version has been revised all through and contains 4 new chapters – ‘Feelings’, ‘Wounds’, ‘Body’ and ‘Love’ – to include fascinating contemporary advancements in literary reports. as well as extra analyzing sections on the finish of every bankruptcy, the publication encompasses a finished bibliography and a thesaurus of key literary phrases.
A breath of clean air in a box that could frequently appear dry and dauntingly theoretical, this booklet will open the reader’s eyes to the exhilarating chances of interpreting and learning literature.
By Jason Lawrence