Chick Talk: (De)Constructing Chick Lit and Women's Fiction
In Australia, Chick Lit is a sub-genre of general fiction is as yet to have a separate classification by Neilson Bookscan, whereas Erotic Fiction does. In Australia we have two authors whose work is situated within this latter sub-genre, Tobsha Lerner and Linda Jaivin, whereas in “Chick Lit” the number of titles expands almost weekly. What defines this sub-genre is thematic. Academics and polemicists have described the content as ranging from ‘the personal, the political and the new mummy’ (Heather Hewitt) or ‘nanny lit’ (Elizabeth Hale), tales about ‘shopaholics and conspicuous fashion consumption’(Jessica Lyn Van Slootin) and ‘clit lit’ or less controversially the new novels of manners.
Keywords: Feminist poetics, Creative writing, Novel, Genre fiction, Chick Lit, Erotica, Phallocentricism
Ms Carol-Anne Croker
PhD, Division of Higher Education, Swinburne University of Technology