Chicks vs. Lads

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154511 Chicks vs. Lads 2 PS Do 14:15 – 15:45 R. 3.205 Lenz

Course Description

"It is a froth sort of thing. [...] As people spend so little time reading it is a pity they perhaps can't read something a bit deeper, a bit more profound, something with a bit of bite to it." (Dame Beryl Bainbridge on Chicklit)
This course is designed to prove Dame Beryl wrong. In it, you will encounter various chicklit and ladlit novels and thus engage with a genre that has helped to shape a whole generation of readers by recognising themselves in the protagonists, and in some cases even influenced our language to this day. We will look at how mass-produced romance novels function and what it means to be in love (these days) – and we will consider what it means to live off 'booze, babes and footie'. Applying various theories to a selection of novels – among others: gender, adaptation, consumption – you will get a deeper insight into how to analyse a novel (or phenomenon) both literarily and culturally.

Attendance in the first week is mandatory to participate in this course.

Reading List

Please buy the following novels (as physical copies!). Any edition is fine but paperback is recommended.

  • Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996).
  • Advaita Kala: Almost Single (2007).
  • Mike Gayle: Mr Commitment (1999).


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 1e
  • GyGe: 1e
  • SP1. Fach: 1e
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK: 1e
LPO 1994/2000:
  • E1
LABG 2009:
  • G: 601
  • HRG: 403
  • GyGe/BK: 403
  • SP:
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c, 2abc, 3ab Komp 1b, 2c
  • B.A.AS: Komp 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS: