Contemporary Women's Popular Culture

Selected Scholarly Reviews and Citations

Reviews of Chick Lit

"In the Classroom or In the Bedroom," by Jessica Lynice Hooten, JASNA: Jane Austen Society of North America (v.23, no. 1, Spring 2007, p. 21)

“The Post-Feminist Mystique,” by Jennifer Maher, College Literature (v. 34, no. 3, Summer 2007, pp. 193-201)

Review by Linda S. Coleman, Journal of American Culture (v. 20, no. 1, March 2007)

Review by Kelly Moritz, Feminist Review, December 5, 2006

Review by Séverine Olivier, Belphegor (v. 6, no. 1, November 2006) (France)

Review by Carol-Ann Farkas, Journal of Popular Culture (v. 39, no. 5, October 2006)

Review by Jessica Jernigan, Bitch, Summer 2006

"Självständiga brudar i litteraturen," by Åsa Arping, Göteborgs-Posten, January 17, 2006 (Sweden)

Review by Anna Hellsten,, January 7, 2006 (Sweden)

Review by Debra Pickett, Chicago Sun-Times, November 20, 2005

Citations of Chick Lit

Chick Lit and Postfeminism by Stephanie Harzewski (University of Virginia Press, 2011)

"Sex and the Global City: Chick Lit with a Difference," by Wenche Ommundsen, Contemporary Women's Writing (v. 5, no. 2, 2011, pp. 107-124)

"'Bitten is the new black': Images of Women in Canadian and US-American Vampire Chick Lit," by Simone Broders, The Centennial Reader (Mount Royal University), Summer 2011

Chick Lit: Genrekonstituierende Untersuchungen unter anglo-amerikanischem Einfluss, by Annette Peitz (Peter Lang, 2010)

Contemporary Stylistics ed. Marina Lambrou and Peter Stockwell (Continuum, 2010)

"Jane Austen in Mollywood: Mainstreaming Mormonism in Andrew Black's Pride & Prejudice," by Juliette Wells, in Peculiar Portrayals: Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen (Utah State University Press, 2010)

"The Pleasures of Adapting: Reading, Viewing, Logging On," by Pamela H. Demory in The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films, ed. Amy M. Clarke and Marijane Osborne (McFarland, 2010)

"The Politics of Race, Class, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Mommy Lit," by Katie Arosteguy, Women's Studies (v. 35, no. 5, 2010, pp. 409-429)

"It Was Chick Lit All Along: The Gendering of a Genre," by Cecilia Konchar Farr in You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics and Popular Culture, ed. Lilly J. Goren (University Press of Kentucky, 2010, pp. 201-214)

"A Feminism of Their Own?: Irish Women's History and Contemporary Irish Women's Writing," by Mary Ryan, Estudios Irlandaises (v. 5, 2010, pp. 92-101)

"Trivial or Commendable?: Women's Writing, Popular Culture, and Chick Lit," by Mary Ryan, 452°F: Journal of Comparative Literature (v. 3, July 2010, 70-84)

"Trading Cultural Baggage for Gucci Luggage: The Ambivalent Latinidad of Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's The Dirty Girls Social Club," by Erin Hurt, MELUS (v. 34, no. 3, Fall 2009)

Postfemininities in Popular Culture by Stephanie Genz (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Chick Lit. Working Papers on the Web ed. by Sarah Gormley and Sara Mills, eds. (vol. 13, September 2009)

The Pleasure of the Feminist Text: Reading Michele Roberts and Angela Carter by Susanne Gruss (Rodopi, 2009)

"Angels in the House or Girl Power: Working Women in Nineteenth-Century Novels and Contemporary Chick Lit," by Kerstin Fest, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (v. 38, no. 1, 2009, pp. 43-62)

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms by Chris Baldick, 3rd ed. (Oxford, 2008)

Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading, ed. Kenneth Womack (Greenwood, 2008)

What a Girl Wants?: Fantasizing the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism by Diane Negra (Routledge, 2008)

Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia by Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Greenwood, 2008) 

"Manolos, Marriage, and Mantras: Chick-Lit Criticism and Transnational Feminism," by Pamela Butler and Jigna Desai, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (vol. 8, no. 2, 2008, pp. 1-31)

"Chick Lit as the New Woman's Fiction: Inscriptions in Marian Keyes's Novel Watermelon," by Irena Ragaiðienë, Literatüra (Lithuania) (v. 50. no. 5, 2008, pp. 68-75)

"The Case for Chick Lit in Academic Libraries," by Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Collection Building (v. 27, no.1, 2008, pp. 18-21)

"Feminist Chicks? Chick lit als (post)feministische Populärliteratur" by Heike Paul in Screening Gender: Geschlechterszenarien in der gegenwärtigen US-amerikanischen Populärkultur, ed. Heike Paul and Alexandra Ganser (Verlag, 2008)

Over a Cup of Ginger Tea: Conversations on the Literary Narratives of Filipino Women by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo (University of the Philippines Press, 2007)

Chick Lit's Re-Packaging of Plagiarism: The Debate Over Chick Lit's Influence on Authorship and Publishing,” by Rachel V. Smydra, Ann Arbor, MI: Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan, University Library, v. 2, pp. 40-51, 2007

"Bridget Jones Meets Mr. Darcy: Challenges of Contemporary Fiction," by Justine Alsop, Journal of Academic Librarianship (v. 33, no. 5, September 2007, pp. 581-85)

"Introduction: After Postmodernism" by Andrew Hoberek, Twentieth-Century Literature (v. 53, no. 3, Fall 2007)

"Shakespeare and the Singletons, or Beatrice Meets Bridget Jones: Postfeminism, Popular Culture and Shakespea(Re)-Told" by Romana Wray in Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Mark Thorton Burnett and Romana Wray (Edinburgh University Press, 2007, pp. 185-205)

Cosmpolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit by Caroline J. Smith (Routledge, 2007)

"Using Teen Chick Lit Novels to Teach Marketing" by Peter A. Maresko, Academic Exchange Quarterly, March 22, 2007

"Chick Lit 101" by Brenda Bethman, NWSAction (v. 18, Fall 2006, pp. 12)

"Feminist Criticism: A Tale of Two Bodies," by Sharon Marcus, PMLA (v. 121, no. 5, October 2006, pp. 1722-29)


Reviews of Chick Flicks

Review by Betty Jay, Scope (Issue 14, June 2009)

Review by Kathy Merlock Jackson, The Journal of American Culture (v. 32, March 2009, p. 79)

Review by Séverine Olivier, Belphegor (v. 8, no. 1, November 2008) (France)

Review by Colette Marie O'Bannion, The Journal of Popular Culture (v. 45, no. 5, October 2008, pp. 899-901)

Review by Marian Evans, Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue (v. 10, June 2008, pp. 145-51)

Citations of Chick Flicks

The New Woman's Film: Femme-Centric Movies for Smart Chicks by Hilary Radner (Routledge, 2017)

Neo-Feminist Cinema: Girly Films, Chick Flicks and Consumer Culture by Hilary Radner (Routledge, 2011)

"'We Can Have it All': The Girlfriend Flick" by Alison Winch, Feminist Media Studies 2011

Hollywood Catwalk: Exploring Costume and Transformation in American Film by Tamar Jeffers McDonald (I.B. Tauris 2010)

"The Pleasures of Adapting: Reading, Viewing, Logging On," by Pamela H. Demory in The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films, ed. Amy M. Clarke and Marijane Osborne (McFarland, 2010)

"Detecting the Bounds of the Law: The Female Detective in Hollywood Film" by Phillipa Gates, Crime Culture

"Shaping the Pop: US TV Series and Italian Networked Publics" by Agnese Vellar, Journal of Sociocybernetics (v. 7, no. 2, 2009, pp. 144-60)

"The Pleasures of Watching an 'Off-Beat' Film: The Case of Being John Malkovich" by Martin Barker in Scope (Issue 11, June 2008)