Contemporary Women's Popular Culture

About the Authors

Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young have edited two companion volumes on “chick culture”: Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction (2006) and Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies (2007). They have also written essays and given presentations on chick lit, chick flicks, and the "chick culture" phenomenon. They are currently working on the contemporary refashioning of icons, such as Marie Antoinette, Jane Austen, and Coco Chanel, in popular film and literature.


Suzanne Ferriss (pictured on right) is professor emeritus of English at Nova Southeastern University. Her publications have centered on the intersections of women’s literature, fashion, and cultural studies. Her publications include On Fashion, Footnotes: On Shoes and A Handbook of Literary Feminisms. She has written articles about Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and the Brontë sisters, as well as popular films based on literary texts by Austen, Virginia Woolf and Helen Fielding. Her work on fashion and cultural studies has also led her into the emerging area of motorcycle studies. She contributed an essay on biker fashion to Harley-Davidson and Philosophy and, with Steven Alford, she is the author of the books Motorcycle and An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles: Two-Wheeled Transportation and Material Culture.

Mallory Young (pictured on left) is professor of English and French at Tarleton State University. She spent over a decade in university administration serving as director of the honors program, assistant to the president, and head of the Department of English and Languages. Since her return to full-time teaching and research, she has placed her focus on women’s literature and culture. She has published on a variety of topics, from the Odyssey to southwestern literature to French language instruction. She contributed a chapter on contemporary essayists to Texas Women Writers: A Tradition of Their Own, and her essay on European romantic films appears in Chick Flicks. With Julie Chappell, she edited Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction and Film.

Contributors to Chick Lit

Contributors to Chick Flicks