By Suzanne Ferriss,Mallory Young

From An Affair to Remember to Legally Blonde, "chick flicks" have lengthy been either championed and vilified by way of men and women, students and well known audiences. Like other kinds of "chick culture," which the editors outline as a gaggle of often American and British pop culture media types targeted totally on twenty- to thirtysomething, middle-class—and usually college-educated—women, chick flicks were accused of reinscribing conventional attitudes and reactionary roles for girls. however, they've been embraced as fulfilling and almost certainly releasing entertainments, aiding girls in negotiating the demanding situations of up to date life.

A spouse to the profitable anthology Chick Lit: the hot Woman’s Fiction, this edited quantity contains eleven unique essays, prefaced through an advent situating chick flicks in the better context of chick tradition in addition to women’s cinema. The essays reflect on chick flicks from numerous angles, pertaining to problems with movie historical past, lady sexuality (heterosexual and homosexual), femininity, girl friendship, age, race, ethnicity, classification, consumerism, spectatorship, excitement and gender definition. An afterword by means of feminist movie theorist Karen Hollinger considers the chick flick’s transformation from the woman’s motion pictures of the ’40s to the friendship movies of the ’80s and people of the "return to the classics" development of the ’90s, whereas highlighting the price of the volume’s contributions to modern debates and sketching chances for extra study.

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