19th Century Chick Lit
Bridget Jones
“Am assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance. My sense of self comes not from other people but from . . . from . . . myself? That can’t be right."










Judi Ketteler has taught and written extensively about 19 th century women’s literature, including writing a Master’s thesis on the topic. In fact, it was her research as a grad student at Miami University of Ohio that first led her to become interested in domestic fiction. Not only did she discover that 19 th century domestic fiction was highly readable and entertaining, she also realized its unfortunate omission from the literary canon. Though she enjoyed looking at these works from a scholarly point of view, it was after grad school that she struck on the idea of writing a non-academic book to introduce modern gals to this chick lit from another era.

Judi has been a full-time freelance writer since 2002. In her magazine writing, she focuses on health/fitness and home/garden topics. She’s contributed to publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Window & Wall Ideas, Real + Life Decorating, Do It Yourself, Midwest Living, Budget Decorating, Decorating with Style, Health, Runner’s World, Cooking Light, Weight Watchers, Shape, and Oxygen.

Fortunate enough to grow up in a time when the love of domestic arts is a choice, not a prerequisite, Judi has embraced all that is now hip about domesticity, and loves cooking, sewing, knitting and whacking tile to make mosaics. She also covets her DVDs of Alias and Sex and the City, runs marathons, judges gymnastics, and tries to get all of her friends to read 19 th century domestic fiction.

To contact Judi Ketteler via email, send an email to ketteljm@fuse.net. You can also visit her writer’s site at www.judiketteler.com.