Educating the Reader in Anita Heiss's Chick Lit

Imogen Mathew

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    Abstract

    In this essay, I use a close reading of Anita Heiss’s five chick lit novels to argue that racial identity profoundly affects the relationship between the chick lit novel and advice manual genre. In Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit, Caroline Smith contends that the chick lit novel critiques and satirizes regimes of female control through its engagement with the domestic advice manual. This relationship, however, does not always work in the way Smith assumes because the protagonist is not always white: she may be Latina, Chinese, South-East Asian, or, as Anita Heiss shows, Aboriginal Australian: Heiss’s fiction serves as an advice manual, designed to expose readers to the correct norms and behaviors for interacting with Australia’s First Peoples.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)334-353
    JournalContemporary Women's Writing
    Volume10
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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