Narratiing Women's Lives, Labeling Women's Narratives Due Nov. 7 for NEMLA March15-18

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Narrating Women's Lives, Labeling Women's Narratives
In 1995, Chris Mazza and Jeff DeShell edited Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction and in 2005 Elizabeth Herrick edited This is Not Chick Lit. In between Chick Lit lost its dash(pun intended?) and changed its meaning. Mazza had defined Chick-lit as breaking out of the stereotypical feminist narratives of the second wave: victim and self-empowerment stories particularly irked her. She declared the stories in her volume offering new lenses for women, and she boldly declared these "human." Flash forward eleven years and Elizabeth Herrick directed the reader's eye to books with pink covers focused on shopping and finding men and traced their origins to the 1996 novel Bridget Jones Diary, leaving Mazza's work unmentioned. Noting that chick lit allows for necessary escapism, she nonetheless, argued that the wild success of the genre obscured the literary work of many women, something her volume championed. Though clearly irritated with the genre, she saw the success of all women as part of the feminist movement. Contributors to this panel are asked to read their own fiction that in some way narrates women's lives and offer some understanding of how they see their work in relationship (if any) to (post) feminism (any of the waves), womanism, and chick-lit\chick lit. Please send a one-page sample of your fiction along with a150-250 word proposal by Nov. 7 to