The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others

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Much has been written about the girl sleuth in fiction, a feminist figure embodying all the potential wit and drive of girlhood. Her male counterpart, however, has received much less critical attention despite his popularity in the wider culture. This collection of 11 essays examines the boy detective and his genre from a number of critical perspectives, addressing the issues of these young characters, heirs to the patriarchy yet still concerned with first crushes and soda shop romances. Series explored include ...

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About the Book Much has been written about the girl sleuth in fiction, a feminist figure embodying all the potential wit and drive of girlhood. Her male counterpart, however, has ... received much less critical attention despite his popularity in the wider culture. This collection of 11 essays examines the boy detective and his genre from a number of critical perspectives, addressing the issues of these young characters, heirs to the patriarchy yet still concerned with first crushes and soda shop romances. Series explored include the Hardy Boys, Tow Swift, the Three Investigators, Christopher Cool and Tim Murphy, as well as works by Astrid Lindgren, Mark Haddon and Joe Meno. About the Author Award-winning novelist Michael G. Cornelius is the author or editor of numerous books. He serves as chair of the department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Read more Show Less

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Much has been written about the girl sleuth in fiction, a feminist figure embodying all the potential wit and drive of girlhood. Her male counterpart, however, has received much less critical attention despite his popularity in the wider culture. This collection of 11 essays examines the boy detective and his genre from a number of critical perspectives, addressing the issues of these young characters, heirs to the patriarchy yet still concerned with first crushes and soda shop romances. Series explored include the Hardy Boys, Tow Swift, the Three Investigators, Christopher Cool and Tim Murphy, as well as works by Astrid Lindgren, Mark Haddon and Joe Meno.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
a favorite model...fascinating insight...intriguing read...a core addition to any literary studies collection
Mystery Scene
valuable
Dime Novel Round-Up
"highly recommend"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786460335
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael G. Cornelius is an award-winning novelist and the author or editor of numerous scholarly works. He is the chair of English and Communications at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Nomenclature of Boy Sleuths Michael G. Cornelius 1

1 A Hardy Boys' Identity Narrative and The Tower Treasure Larry T. Shillock 19

2 Hardy Camaraderie: Boy Sleuthing and Male Community in the Hardy Boys Mysteries C. M. Gill 35

3 Terminal Immaterial: The Uncertain Subject of the Hardy Boys Airport Mysteries Christopher Schaberg 51

4 Strategies of Adaptation: The Hardy Boys on Television Brian Taves 62

5 Natural Detective Work: Ideas About Nature in the Early Tom Swift Books Elizabeth D. Blum 86

6 Tim Murphy: Superhero Without a Cape Fred Erisman 108

7 Adventures and Affect: The Character of the Boy Detective and Orphan in Astrid Lindgren's Rasmus and the Tramp Charlotte Beyer 120

8 The Power of Three: Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators Series Alan Pickrell 132

9 Clashing Genres: (No) Sex and (No) Violence in the Christopher Cool, TEEN Agent Series Michael G. Cornelius 143

10 "The Perfect Hero for His Age": Christopher Boone and the Role of Logic in the Boy Detective Narrative Nicola Allen 167

11 Has the World Outgrown the Classic Boy Detective John Finlay Kerr 180

About the Contributors 199

Index 203

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