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Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:00:50 -0500
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Call for Papers
“Chicks in Love: “Chick Lit” into “Chick Flicks”
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Third Round Deadline: June 1, 2010

AREA: Chicks in Love: “Chick Lit” into “Chick Flicks”

So called “Chick Lit” has been a publishing phenomenon at least since the 1996 publication of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary. Since the identification of the genre, earlier works and writers have been classified as “Chick Lit,” including Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale and as far back as the Brontes and Jane Austen. A genre featuring young women protagonists who struggle with romance, career, or both, “Chick Lit” is driven by narratives that seek to reconcile romantic longings with sense of self. This panel seeks to understand the relationship between “Chick Lit” and “Chick Flicks,” both widely conceived.

This area welcomes papers and panel proposals that examine all forms and genres that wrestle with adapting “Chick Lit” into “Chick Flicks.” Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following films and television shows:

Julie and Julia
Sex and the City
Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series
The Devil Wears Prada
The Notebook
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
Waiting to Exhale
How Stella Got her Groove Back
In Her Shoes
Must Love Dogs
Anywhere but Here
Someone Like You

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair (email submissions preferred):

Laura L. Beadling
University of Wisconsin Platteville
Humanities Department 309 Warner Hall
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
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Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite