CAHSS Faculty in the New York Times Commenting on “Chick Lit”

Suzanne Ferriss, Ph.D.Suzanne Ferriss, Ph.D., faculty in NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) was featured as an expert in a New York Times article titled “A Comic Take on Wall Street by an Ex-Bear Stearns Executive,” by Alessandra Stanley. Ferriss commented on a new novel, Opening Belle, authored by Maureen Sherry, a former managing director at Bear Stanley, which collapsed in 2008. Ferriss has an expertise in what is referred to as “Chick Lit,” and also in “Chick flicks.”  Among her comments, Ferriss indicated that “I would expect a novel set in the mortgage crisis to look at the precarious situations of more ordinary working women.”

Ferriss is the co-editor with Mallory Young, Ph.D., of Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction (Routledge, 2006) and Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies (Routledge, 2008).  These books inspired Ferriss to create an honors seminar on Chick Lit, Chick Flicks. Her other teaching and research interests include British and European romantic literature, motorcycle studies, fashion, and literary criticism and theory. She has been the editor of the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, and has been a regular peer reviewer for a number of journals, including Genres, PMLA, Feminist Media Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies and Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is a professor in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages in CAHSS.

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