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The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others
     

The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others

by Michael G. Cornelius
 

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

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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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Midwest Book Review
a favorite model...fascinating insight...intriguing read...a core addition to any literary studies collection
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"highly recommend"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786460335
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2010
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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