Trivial or Commendable? : Women’s Writing, Popular Culture, and Chick Lit

452ºF. 2010;(3):70-84


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Journal Title: 452ºF

ISSN: 2013-3294 (Online)

Publisher: Asociación Cultural 452ºF; Universitat de Barcelona

Society/Institution: Universitat de Barcelona

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Catalan, Spanish, English

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Ryan, Mary


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

There are a number of similarities between popular culture and women's writing: both have been dismissed as trivial and worthless, have traditionally received little respect from critics, and have been scorned because of theis apparently "low-brow" appeal. Additionally, both were long excluded from the literary Canon. In contemporary culture, the intersection of popular culture and women's writing takes the form of chick lit, the contemporary genre of fiction starring female characters in their 20s and 30s as they make their way through their lives and tackle all the obstacles in their way. As well as outlining the characteristics and history of chick lit, this paper will discuss the negative reception that popular culture, women's writing, and chick lit has often been subjected to, and will show how studies are now emerging with the aim of demonstrating how such genres may have more worth and potential than is typically suggested.