Chica Lit: Popular Latina Fiction and Americanization in the by Tace Hedrick

By Tace Hedrick

Winner, 2016 ALA-Choice extraordinary educational Title

In Chica Lit: well known Latina Fiction and Americanization within the Twenty-First Century, Tace Hedrick illuminates how discourses of Americanization, ethnicity, gender, classification, and commodification form the style of “chica lit,” well known fiction written by means of Latina authors with Latina characters. She argues that chica lit is produced and advertised within the comparable methods as modern romance and chick lit fiction, and aimed toward an viewers of twenty- to thirty-something upwardly cellular Latina readers. Its tales approximately younger women’s ethnic category mobility and gendered romantic good fortune are likely to have a good time twenty-first century neoliberal narratives approximately Americanization, exertions, and person luck. even though, Hedrick emphasizes, its concentrate on Latina characters unavoidably inflects this celebratory mode: the elusiveness of that means in its use of the very time period “Latina” empties out the diversities between and among Latina/o and Chicano/a teams within the usa. Of necessity, chica lit additionally struggles with questions on the particular social and monetary “place” of Latinas and Chicanas during this related neoliberal panorama; those questions unsettle its reliance at the tried-and-true formulation of chick lit and romance writing. taking a look at chica lit’s market-driven representations of distinction, poverty, and Americanization, Hedrick exhibits how this writing capabilities in the higher enviornment of struggles over renowned illustration of Latinas and Chicanas.

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