My project explores the construction of the ideal woman in nineteenth-century women's literature and contemporary chick lit. The texts I examine are Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The House of Mirth, Bridget Jones's Diary, Sex and the City, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, and The Devil Wears Prada. I investigate how female characters in these works construct their ideal selves in response to mass cultural standards as well as their own personal definitions of what it means to be ideal. I examine these concepts mainly through the lenses of postfeminism, gender studies, and post-structuralism.
Tarr, Emily, "From Bennets to Bridget: the Construction of the Ideal Woman in Nineteenth-Century Women's Literature and Contemporary Chick Lit" (2011). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 485.
American Popular Culture | Comparative Literature | Women's Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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