Postmodern qualities of the feminism of Nancy Drew




Brooke, Chloe

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This thesis explores the possibility of Nancy Drew becoming a preliminary example of postmodern feminism. The research relied on Melanie Rehak’s book Girl Sleuth as a major source for bibliographic information and other critics who have studied the icon like Amy Boesky and Kathleen Chamberlain. It explored articles that were solely postmodern discussion. Then also, theorists explaining the encounter between feminism and postmodernism. Other important sources of information include the 1930 and 1960 first and second editions of The Bungalow Mystery. The thesis concluded that Nancy is a transitional icon. Her modernist emergence into culture grounds her a figure of absolute truth and goodness while her postmodern characteristics allow her to transcend the original modern Nancy by being continuously remade and therefore always culturally relevant on some level. Because of the remakings, she puts forward many cultural ideas that don’t normally co-exist, but Nancy Drew’s later versions, in the age of postmodernism, allow them to co-exist.



Women's studies, Language, literature, and linguistics, American literature