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Carol-Anne CrokerWomen’s popular fiction:Romance fiction andRelationship Fiction or ChickLit
Why choose Women’s Fiction?Is gender still an issue? Don’t women write everything?Yes.... but thereare some bookspredomina...
…Romance fiction                   Swinburne University of Technology
Why is this genre of interest?                                 Swinburne University of Technology
“…Are women readers taken seriously in themarket as their consumer dollars wouldindicate?..”                              ...
Are women readersand writers seekingto define in printwomen’s sexualitywithin contemporarysociety?                        ...
Is the growth of Relationship fiction, aka Chick Lit,a global phenomenon and a mobilisation of thefemale readership demand...
Can women’s popular fiction beconsidered literary fiction?                                 Swinburne University of Technol...
Drawn from the Auslit databaseSource: Ensor 2008 : 209                                 Swinburne University of Technology
Drawn from the Auslit databaseSource: Ensor 2008 : 209                                    Swinburne University of Technology
Drawn from the Auslit database   Source: Ensor 2008 : 212                                 Swinburne University of Technology
Valerie Parv is        Source: Romancing the                                                  Tome. Sunday Magazine       ...
Victorian based author Stephanie                         Laurens is third on the NY Times                         bestsell...
The term “Chick Lit was coined in 1995 by Chris Mazza andJeffrey DeShell. She is quoted saying... “ I sat on the floor of ...
Thus Chick Lit was born; with the termused to flag activism and empowermentnot as a derogatory genre descriptor.Yet Mazza ...
Chick Lit titles...                      Swinburne University of Technology
Then came Lad lit                    Swinburne University of Technology
Then, of course, Bride Lit...                                Swinburne University of Technology
Then logically....                     ... Mommy Lit                                     Swinburne University of Technology
For the over 35s... Hen Lit...                                 Swinburne University of Technology
And for the Over 50s... Nanna Lit                                    Swinburne University of Technology
Sistah Lit... (African American Chick Lit)                                             Swinburne University of Technology
Latina or Chica Lit...                         Swinburne University of Technology
Asian Chick lit...                     Swinburne University of Technology
A global phenomenon...                         Swinburne University of Technology
More sub-genres...                     Swinburne University of Technology
Why not write it?                    Swinburne University of Technology
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Lecture for first year Masters in Creative Writing Students, Swinburne University 2011 based upon my 2007 Madrid Conference paper. These slides accompany the Master of Arts (Writing) Module 501. 2010

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  1. 1. Carol-Anne CrokerWomen’s popular fiction:Romance fiction andRelationship Fiction or ChickLit
  2. 2. Why choose Women’s Fiction?Is gender still an issue? Don’t women write everything?Yes.... but thereare some bookspredominantlyread by women... Swinburne University of Technology
  3. 3. …Romance fiction Swinburne University of Technology
  4. 4. Why is this genre of interest? Swinburne University of Technology
  5. 5. “…Are women readers taken seriously in themarket as their consumer dollars wouldindicate?..” Swinburne University of Technology
  6. 6. Are women readersand writers seekingto define in printwomen’s sexualitywithin contemporarysociety? From Black Issues Book Review January- February 2005 ©Image from Ladybooks.com Swinburne University of Technology
  7. 7. Is the growth of Relationship fiction, aka Chick Lit,a global phenomenon and a mobilisation of thefemale readership demanding that their livedexperiences deserve and are worthyof literary portrayals and pop-cultural reflection?„Over the past one hundred and twenty years, the productionof Australian fiction, though subject to drastic shifts, hasmoved from the publication of high literary texts, historicisednowadays as the “old canon” or “classics”, through aconsiderable boom period of popular and pulp fiction notespecially marked by Australian or literary traits to anexpanded contemporary market favouring not onlymainstream genre fiction but a type of fiction that isparticularly literary and Australian’ Jason Ensor, pp 206-7 Image from: Chick Lit Chicks.com | Site Design & Maintenance by Flower WebJASAL Special issue 2008. Copyright © 2007 Swinburne University of Technology
  8. 8. Can women’s popular fiction beconsidered literary fiction? Swinburne University of Technology
  9. 9. Drawn from the Auslit databaseSource: Ensor 2008 : 209 Swinburne University of Technology
  10. 10. Drawn from the Auslit databaseSource: Ensor 2008 : 209 Swinburne University of Technology
  11. 11. Drawn from the Auslit database Source: Ensor 2008 : 212 Swinburne University of Technology
  12. 12. Valerie Parv is Source: Romancing the Tome. Sunday Magazine Australia‟s Herald-Sun 5/7/09 most prolific Romance novelist for the Harlequin Mills and Boon imprint having sold 26 million copies of her 75 titlesSource: Ensor 2008 : 213 Swinburne University of Technology
  13. 13. Victorian based author Stephanie Laurens is third on the NY Times bestseller list in March, behind Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele. “...with 38 books to her name Laurens knows romance. In two decades she has sold more thanSource: Romancing the Tome.16.2 million copies globally –Sunday MagazineHerald-Sun 5/7/09 300,000 in Australia making her one of the country’s most successful authors. Temptation and Surrender was her 20th to make the prestigious New York Times bestseller list debuting at No 14 in March.” Herald Sun Sunday Magazine Swinburne University of Technology
  14. 14. The term “Chick Lit was coined in 1995 by Chris Mazza andJeffrey DeShell. She is quoted saying... “ I sat on the floor of hisliving room, brainstorming what title we would give tothe anthology we had just finished. To name thebook effectively we had to boil down into a singleconcept what we had asserted in choosing, frommore than four hundred submissions, the finaltwenty-two stories. Our original goal had been todetermine how, in a post Barth and Barthelme era,women’s experiments with form and language mightbe distinct from men’s... The fictions we had compiledwere simultaneously courageous and playful; frankand wry; honest, intelligent, sophisticated, libidinous,unapologetic, and overwhelmingly emancipated.” Ferriss & Young: Chick Lit: the New Woman’s Fiction, 2006:17-18 Images sourced University of Allabama Press: http://fc2.org/ Swinburne University of Technology
  15. 15. Thus Chick Lit was born; with the termused to flag activism and empowermentnot as a derogatory genre descriptor.Yet Mazza is not generally credited withcreating the Chick Lit genre... That„honour‟ goes to UK author Helen Fieldingand US author Candace Bushnell. Swinburne University of Technology
  16. 16. Chick Lit titles... Swinburne University of Technology
  17. 17. Then came Lad lit Swinburne University of Technology
  18. 18. Then, of course, Bride Lit... Swinburne University of Technology
  19. 19. Then logically.... ... Mommy Lit Swinburne University of Technology
  20. 20. For the over 35s... Hen Lit... Swinburne University of Technology
  21. 21. And for the Over 50s... Nanna Lit Swinburne University of Technology
  22. 22. Sistah Lit... (African American Chick Lit) Swinburne University of Technology
  23. 23. Latina or Chica Lit... Swinburne University of Technology
  24. 24. Asian Chick lit... Swinburne University of Technology
  25. 25. A global phenomenon... Swinburne University of Technology
  26. 26. More sub-genres... Swinburne University of Technology
  27. 27. Why not write it? Swinburne University of Technology
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