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Chick Lit ENGL 103 900 Summer 2017 Monday 5:00-8:00pm Sarah W. Watson [email protected] Description: From Pride and Prejudice to Bridget Jones’ Diary, ‘chick lit’ has attracted both praise and scorn. The genre is celebrated for its depiction of women’s perspectives and experiences yet derided for its predictability in following ‘the marriage plot.’ In this course, we will explore popular fiction aimed at women. What are the components of this genre? Why is it so widespread and popular? How does ‘chick lit’ reflect and shape cultural beliefs about gender and sexuality? Course website: http://sarahwilmawatson.com/chicklit2017/ Required Texts: Stephanie Harzewski, Chick Lit and Postfeminism (2011) Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Penguin Classics Edition Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary: A Novel (1999) Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate (1995) All other material will be made available on Canvas or at the Library. Assessment: Three in-class presentations (5-7 minutes) 30% ...