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The Girl Sleuth

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Publisher Comments:

The Girl Sleuth is a book for anyone who fondly recalls her late-night adventures inside a bedspread cave with a flashlight, a handful of snitched cookies, and a savvy heroine who has just two chapters left in which to decode the message, find the jewels, unmask the impostor, and then catch the next express to the big city.

In this long-out-of-print work, which was first published in 1975, Bobbie Ann Mason examines the girl detective in her various guises through a combination of childhood reminiscences and insights as a fiction writer and observer of American popular culture. Mason ranges in her coverage from the Bobbsey Twins to the glamorous career-girl detectives Vicki Barr, Cherry Ames, and Beverly Gray to her own adolescent favorites--Judy Bolton, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden, a farm girl like herself. Mason's personal recollections of a rural youth spent longing for mysteries to solve represent a quintessential American girlhood experience.

Mason reveals Nancy Drew ("as cool as Mata Hari and as sweet as Betty Crocker") to be a paradoxical figure: on the one hand a model of independence and courage; on the other, a lady, eternally feminine and firmly devoted to the preservation of middle-class values. The girl sleuths "thrilled us and contented us at the same time," the author writes. Holding up Nancy Drew as a model of "the conventional and the revolutionary in one compact package," Mason shows how the series heroines encouraged young readers to "dream big" and stay open to life's possibilities, dished up antidotes to spoon-fed notions of traditional femininity, and amiably subverted the literary snobbery of child experts, librarians, and book reviewers.

Everyone who grew up reading mystery books will enjoy Bobbie Ann Mason's witty, sometimes nostalgic, observations on popular culture, childhood, and the pleasures of reading and writing.

Synopsis:

In this long out-of-print work, Bobbie Ann Mason reminisces about her childhood reading of the girl detective series books. With a nostalgic but critical eye, she draws on observations of popular culture and on memories of growing up in the fifties to describe the pleasures and effects of reading mysteries. Mason's recollections of a rural youth spent longing for mysteries to solve represent a quintessential American girlhood experience. Holding up Nancy Drew as a model of "the conventional and the revolutionary in one compact package", Mason shows how the series heroines encouraged young readers to "dream big" and stay open to life's possibilities, dished up antidotes to spoon-fed notions of traditional femininity, and amiably subverted the literary snobbery of child experts, librarians, and book reviewers.

About the Author

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of Feather Crowns (winner of the 1994 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction), Shiloh and Other Stories, Love Life: Stories, In Country, and Spence + Lila. She resides in Kentucky.

Table of Contents

  1. Clues to the girl detective
  2. Land of milk and honey bunch
  3. Bobbsey Bourgeois
  4. Nancy Drew : the once and future prom queen
  5. Secret of the phantom friends
  6. Glamour girls
  7. Impostor tea
  8. Series books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820317397
Author:
Mason, Bobbie Ann
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Location:
Athens :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
Girls in literature.
Subject:
Children's literature in series.
Subject:
Children's Literature - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 10
Publication Date:
19950531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 photos
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.52 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this long out-of-print work, Bobbie Ann Mason reminisces about her childhood reading of the girl detective series books. With a nostalgic but critical eye, she draws on observations of popular culture and on memories of growing up in the fifties to describe the pleasures and effects of reading mysteries. Mason's recollections of a rural youth spent longing for mysteries to solve represent a quintessential American girlhood experience. Holding up Nancy Drew as a model of "the conventional and the revolutionary in one compact package", Mason shows how the series heroines encouraged young readers to "dream big" and stay open to life's possibilities, dished up antidotes to spoon-fed notions of traditional femininity, and amiably subverted the literary snobbery of child experts, librarians, and book reviewers.
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