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Title: Long-Suffering Professional Females: The Case of Nanny Lit
Contributor(s): Hale, Elizabeth (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: A relatively recent branch of chick-lit, known as "underling-lit" or "assistant-lit," focuses on young women, usually recent college graduates from comfortable and cultured backgrounds, and their uneasy entrance into the culture of the professional workplace. In these works, the iniquities of disagreeable employers are revealed and the lunacies of bureaucratic systems are exposed. The suffering and superior knowledge of the narrator heroine is ultimately rewarded by removal from the bad workplace, and the discovery of a new, far more suitable career. Such literature belies its frothy packaging. On the cover, the heroine may be a stalky-legged, martini-clutching silhouette; in the pages of the novel, she mutates into a disheveled, wild-eyed, self-righteous narrator with a victim mentality who informs the reader of every slight she received during the course of working for the horrific boss whose antics supply much of the novel's material.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction, p. 103-118
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 0415975034
Field of Research (FOR): 200503 British and Irish Literature
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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