Contemporary Women's Popular Culture

Contributors to Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction

Shari Benstock is the author of Women of the Left Bank (1986), Textualizing the Feminine (1991), "No Gifts from Chance": A Biography of Edith Wharton (1994), and co-author of Who's He When He's at Home: A James Joyce Directory and A Handbook of Literary Feminisms (Oxford, 2002). She has edited five volumes of work in feminist theory and gender studies, autobiography and modernism, and was co-editor of the "Reading Women Writing" series at Cornell University Press.

Elizabeth B. Boyd is a senior lecturer in the American and Southern Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. She is currently working on a book, Southern Beauty: Performing Region on the Feminine Body.

Lisa Guerrero is an assistant professor of African-American literature and culture in the department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University. She has recently published an essay on African American popular culture and is currently at work on a book, Resistant Masculinity: Modes of Black Manhood as Racial Protest in the Cultural Work of African American Men.

Elizabeth Hale is a lecturer in the School of English, Communication and Theatre at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. With Sarah Winters, she is co-editor of Marvellous Codes: Critical Essays on the Fiction of Margaret Mahy, forthcoming from Victoria University Press.

Stephanie Harzewski is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Her book manuscript, The New Novel of Manners: Chick Lit and Postfeminist Politics, 1996-2006, of which some sections appeared in their early stages in Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction, is under consideration with a major university press. Her second project, "The 'Woman Author' Function: Twenty-Century Anglophone Prose Writers and the Cultural Formation," shifts its focus to a more canonical group of writers, exploring how certain women authors have been appropriated to advance theoretical or national moments and how authors themselves have constructed a persona for participation in media culture. She is a contributor to Contemporary Women's Writing, with an essay on Penelope Fitzgerald in the inaugural issue, and, most recently, a review essay on Jeanette Winterson.

Heather Hewett is a lecturer in English at Pace University in Manhattan. She has written for publications including The Washington Post, The Women's Review of Books, The Scholar and Feminist Online, and Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

Joanna Johnson is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Anna Kiernan is a senior lecturer in journalism at Kingston University in London. She was previously fiction editor at Simon & Schuster UK.

A. Rochelle Mabry recently completed her Ph.D. in the Film and Media Studies program at the University of Florida. Her dissertation treats contemporary romantic comedies.

Cris Mazza is winner of the 1984 PEN/Nelson Algren award and author of over ten books of fiction. The anthologies, Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction (FC2, 1995) and Chick-Lit: No Chick Vics (FC2, 1996), which she co-edited with Jeffrey DeShell, were the first to use the term “chick lit” in print.

Nóra Séllei is is an associate professor of English at University of Debrecen, Hungary. Her publications include four books: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Personal and Professional Bond (1996), a monograph on 19th-century British women writers’ novels written in Hungarian (1999), a book on early 20th-century autobiographies by women writers (2001), and a monograph on feminist literary theory in Hungary (2007). She has published translations of Virginia Woolf’s Moments of Being, Jean Rhys’s Smile Please, and Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas (2006). She is also the editor of three essay collections and a journal issue.

Alison Umminger is an assistant professor of English at the University of West Georgia. She also writes "chick lit" under the pen name Grace Grant, and her co-authored novels Flyover States and Coasting are published by Red Dress Ink.

Jessica Lyn Van Slooten is a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Juliette Wells is an assistant professor of English at Manhattanville College. Her article on Jane Austen and the creative woman appears in the 2004 issue of Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal.