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  • EnviroSociety

    New Featured Article!: “Humans, Animals, and Health” Available as Free PDF

    The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Humans, Animals, and Health: From Ecology to Entanglement,” comes from Volume 4 (2013). Alex M. Nading discusses historical approaches to the question of how health brings human and nonhuman animals together, arguing that health is one terrin for developing a critical environmental analysis of the production of life.

    Visit the featured article page to download your copy of the article today before it’s gone! A new article is featured every month.

    An Aedes albopictus female mosquito obtaining a blood meal from a human host. (Photo: James Gathany/CDC)

    An Aedes albopictus female mosquito obtaining a blood meal from a human host. (Photo: James Gathany/CDC)


    ALEX NADING
    is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and an affiliate of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology. He is the author of Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement (2014, University of California Press), an ethnographic study of dengue fever prevention in Managua, Nicaragua. Alex’s other published work discusses the use of genetically modified organisms in global health, the relationship between microbial and human life, and role of climate in shaping disease epidemics.  You can read about his ongoing research at www.alexnading.com.

  • FocaalBlog

    Douglas R. Holmes: No Exit: London, July 2016

    I arrived in London on 10 July, a few weeks after the Brexit referendum. I was in Parliament the following day—the day Theresa May was named the new prime minister.

    Reading about the situation is one thing; dealing with it ethnographically is another. I have no idea how to proceed, nor do I trust my initial observations. So this post with its provisional assertions should be read with circumspection.

    In Parliament I overheard a “leaver” say, “We have to let things settle in,” and this is perhaps the challenge for the ethnographer too. But things have already changed—perhaps irrevocably changed. The lives and legal status of millions of UK residents are now uncertain. What the United Kingdom stands for and its fundamental commitments to its citizen and residents are now in doubt. What was unspeakably in public discourse, thanks to the reckless opportunism of leading politicians over the course of the campaign, is now speakable.

    Despite the new PM’s pronouncement that “Brexit means Brexit,” no one really knows what Brexit means; indeed, it seems to echo the key falsehood of the campaign itself, that the British after the vote will now have their fate in their own hands. The terms of Brexit are subject to what might well be long and excruciating negotiations with the EU—an EU that for numerous reasons will be hostile to granting generous concessions to an erstwhile member state.

    The PM presents herself as bold and decisive, but there is as yet no plan, let alone a consensus, about how to move forward. Indeed, those who have looked at the matter in detail see a monumental legal and administrative task that could mire the government and the civil service for a decade. And once the British public learns about the likely cost and dislocations that might actually eventuate, new lines of political contestation will undoubtedly ensue. The predicaments for Scotland and Northern Ireland loom as the initial testing grounds for Brexit, both as constitutional and governance matters to say nothing of matters of identity.

    More troubling still, in the face of the remarkable challenges that Brexit poses, the major political parties—Labour in particular—are in disarray. The Tories have formed a new government composed of activists from both the “leave” and “remain” camps. Bridging those differences will not be easy. The factionalism and strife in Labour—which deserves an operatic treatment—reveal what appear to be insurmountable divisions auguring perhaps major political realignments of the left and center left in Britain.

    One of the few institutions within the government that seems to have prepared systematically for the outcome of the referendum was the Bank of England, the focus of my current research. Yet its conduct came under immediate and hostile scrutiny by key figures of the leave campaign.

    On Tuesday, Governor Mark Carney found himself in an unusually difficult position while responding to questions posed by members of the parliamentary select committee with oversight powers over the Bank. In the run-up to the referendum, the Bank presented a forecast—prepared by the its Financial Stability Committee—evaluating the short-term financial uncertainties posed by Brexit. Some members of the oversight committee and outside observers deemed the forecast to be inherently political. Carney was (more or less) compelled to provide all correspondences and records of meetings he had with the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, prior to the referendum to assess the possibility of some form of collusion between the government and the Bank. It is unclear whether this line of parliamentary inquiry will be seriously pursued, but it could potentially harm the Bank of England’s independence and threaten, in theory, a foundational principle of its monetary policy framework.

    There is a view, voiced in the press, that no “reasonable” politician would dare invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, triggering the two-year timetable for UK withdrawal negotiation. No “rational” (read risk-averse) PM would ever want to be identified in perpetuity with what could turn out to be an epic historical blunder. But at a time when reason and rationality seem to be in unusually short supply, this may well be wishful thinking.

    The new PM did, in fact, announce during her first week in office to defer any action on Article 50 at least until the end of the year, acknowledging that the government lacks the means or method to execute Brexit.

    What remains is paralysis.

    What has become clear is that bequeathed to the young is an entangled legacy born out of crude misrepresentation, bad faith, and ineptitude.

    The damage is done.


    Douglas R. Holmes is a professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. In his book, Integral Europe: Fast Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism (Princeton, 2000), he argues that under the sway of European integration, a formidable political insurgency predicated on the strident discrimination of cultural affinity and difference was incubated. He has argued more recently why this insurgency should be understood as fascism of and in our time. Holmes also continues his examination of experiments in monetary policy pursued by five central banks, experiments that reveal how markets operate as a function of language.

  • Museum Worlds

    Museum News: May 2016

     

    LA’s Getty Center Blends Oculus-Ready VR With Ancient Chinese Art In Virtual Reality Museum Exhibit, via International Business Times

    Polish government to take control of WWII museum, via The Washington Post

    Activists Occupy Brooklyn Museum in Protest of Two Exhibitions, via Artforum

    A Verona Museum’s Stolen Paintings Are Found in Ukraine, via The New York Times

    London Museum Hopes To Reboot Eric, Britain’s First Robot, via NPR

    Smithsonian Offers Sneak Peek of Museum of African-American History, via TIME

    National museum aims to preserve Palestinian history, via AlJazeera

    Treasures From the Deep at the British Museum, via Wall Street Journal

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    Berghahn titles at Council for European Studies Conference

    We are delighted to inform you that Berghahn titles will be on display at The Council for European Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA on April 14-16, 2016. Please stop by and don’t miss your chance to browse our selection of books at special conference price and pick up free journal samples.

     

    If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer. For the next 30 days, receive a 25% discount on all Europe Studies titles found on our website. At checkout, simply enter the code CES16.

     

     

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    Here is a preview of some of our newest releases on display.

     

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    The State of the Art
    Edited by Olivier Fillieule and Guya Accornero
    Foreword by James Jasper

    Volume 16, Protest, Culture & Society

     

    Bringing together over forty established and emerging scholars, this landmark volume is the first to comprehensively examine the evolution and current practice of social movement studies in a specifically European context. While its first half offers comparative approaches to an array of significant issues and movements, its second half assembles focused national studies that include most major European states. Throughout, these contributions are guided by a shared set of historical and social-scientific questions with a particular emphasis on political sociology, thus offering a bold and uncommonly unified survey that will be essential for scholars and students of European social movements.

    Read Introduction: “So Many as the Stars of the Sky in Multitude, and as the Sand which is By the Sea Shore Innumerable”: European Social Movement Research in Perspective

     

     

    A Comparative History of a European Concept
    Edited by Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie, and Kari Palonen

     

    Parliamentary theory, practices, discourses, and institutions constitute a distinctively European contribution to modern politics. Taking a broad historical perspective, this cross-disciplinary, innovative, and rigorous collection locates the essence of parliamentarism in four key aspects—deliberation, representation, responsibility, and sovereignty—and explores the different ways in which they have been contested, reshaped, and implemented in a series of representative national and regional case studies. As one of the first comparative studies in conceptual history, this volume focuses on debates about the nature of parliament and parliamentarism within and across different European countries, representative institutions, and genres of political discourse.

    Read Introduction: Parliament as a Conceptual Nexus

     

     

     

    Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus
    Gisela Welz

    WINNER OF THE 2016 PROSE AWARD FOR ANTHROPOLOGY

     

    On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, rural villages, traditional artefacts, even atmospheres and experiences are considered heritage. Heritage making not only protects, but also produces, things, people, and places. Since the Republic of Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, heritage making and Europeanization are increasingly intertwined in Greek-Cypriot society. Against the backdrop of a long-term ethnographic engagement, the author argues that heritage emerges as an increasingly standardized economic resource, a “European product.” Implemented in historic preservation, rural tourism, culinary traditions, nature protection, and urban restoration projects, heritage policy has become infused with transnational market regulations and neoliberal property regimes.

    Read Introduction

     

     

    Arranging Legality in European Labor Migration Policies
    Regine Paul

     

    The conditions for non-EU migrant workers to gain legal entry to Britain, France, and Germany are at the same time similar and quite different. To explain this variation this book compares the fine-grained legal categories for migrant workers in each country, and examines the interaction of economic, social, and cultural rationales in determining migrant legality. Rather than investigating the failure of borders to keep unauthorized migrants out, the author highlights the different policies of each country as “border-drawing” actions. Policymakers draw lines between different migrant groups, and between migrants and citizens, through considerations of both their economic utility and skills, but also their places of origin and prospects for social integration. Overall, migrant worker legality is arranged against the backdrop of the specific vision each country has of itself in an economically competitive, globalized world with rapidly changing welfare and citizenship models.

    Read Introduction: Labor Migration Management: A Case for Interdisciplinary and Interpretive Policy Studies 

     

     

    Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life
    Ines Hasselberg

    Volume 17, Dislocations

     

    Focusing on the lived experience of immigration policy and processes, this volume provides fascinating insights into the deportation process as it is felt and understood by those subjected to it. The author presents a rich and innovative ethnography of deportation and deportability experienced by migrants convicted of criminal offenses in England and Wales. The unique perspectives developed here – on due process in immigration appeals, migrant surveillance and control, social relations and sense of self, and compliance and resistance – are important for broader understandings of border control policy and human rights.

    Read Introduction: An Ethnography of Deportation from the UK

     

     

    Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-2016
    Edited by Manuel Bragança and Peter Tame
    Foreword by Richard Overy
    Afterword by Jay Winter

    Volume 17, Contemporary European History

     

    In its totality, the “Long Second World War”—extending from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War to the end of hostilities in 1945—has exerted enormous influence over European culture. Bringing together leading historians, sociologists, and literary and film scholars, this broadly interdisciplinary volume investigates Europeans’ individual and collective memories and the ways in which they have shaped the continent’s cultural heritage. Focusing on the major combatant nations—Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, and Russia—it offers thoroughly contextualized explorations of novels, memoirs, films, and a host of other cultural forms to illuminate European public memory.

    Read Introduction: The Long Aftermath of the Long Second World War

     

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    Poverty, Welfare and Social Ties in Modern Europe
    Edited by Beate Althammer, Lutz Raphael, and Tamara Stazic-Wendt

    Volume 27, International Studies in Social History

     

    In many ways, the European welfare state constituted a response to the new forms of social fracture and economic turbulence that were born out of industrialization—challenges that were particularly acute for groups whose integration into society seemed the most tenuous. Covering a range of national cases, this volume explores the relationship of weak social ties to poverty and how ideas about this relationship informed welfare policies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By focusing on three representative populations—neglected children, the homeless, and the unemployed—it provides a rich, comparative consideration of the shifting perceptions, representations, and lived experiences of social vulnerability in modern Europe.

     

     

    Late Authoritarianism and Student Protest in Portugal
    Guya Accornero

    Volume 18, Protest, Culture & Society

     

    Histories of Portugal’s transition to democracy have long focused on the 1974 military coup that toppled the authoritarian Estado Novo regime and set in motion the divestment of the nation’s colonial holdings. However, the events of this “Carnation Revolution” were in many ways the culmination of a much longer process of resistance and protest originating in universities and other sectors of society. Combining careful research in police, government, and student archives with insights from social movement theory, The Revolution before the Revolution broadens our understanding of Portuguese democratization by tracing the societal convulsions that preceded it over the course of the “long 1960s.”

     

     

    Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival
    Edited by Lynda Mannik

    Volume 35, Forced Migration

     

    At a time when thousands of refugees risk their lives undertaking perilous journeys by boat across the Mediterranean, this multidisciplinary volume could not be more pertinent. It offers various contemporary case studies of boat migrations undertaken by asylum seekers and refugees around the globe and shows that boats not only move people and cultural capital between places, but also fuel cultural fantasies, dreams of adventure and hope, along with fears of invasion and terrorism. The ambiguous nature of memories, media representations and popular culture productions are highlighted throughout in order to address negative stereotypes and conversely, humanize the individuals involved.

     

     

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    In Paperback

     

    Asymmetry and Proximity at Europe’s Frontiers
    Edited by Jutta Lauth Bacas and William Kavanagh†

     

    “As befits anthropology, Border Encounters is rich in empirical detail. However, it is also an excellent introduction to border theory, with a helpful literature review. The theoretical framework clearly set out in the Introduction and the individual chapters do collectively illustrate why borders should be seen as constructs and as sites of asymmetrical social relationships…All in all, this is an intriguing and well-structured volume which will be of interest to students and scholars from a variety of academic disciplines.” · LSE Review of Books

    Read Introduction: Border Encounters – Asymmetry and Proximity at Europe’s Frontiers

     

     

    Comparative Perspectives
    Edited by Steven King and Anne Winter

    Volume 23, International Studies in Social History

     

    “…a valuable and engaging contribution to historical debates about labor, poverty, relief, and belonging…[The papers] are written by leaders in their fields…and pulled together [by the editors] in an elegant and convincing treatment of the case for such a geographical spread.” · Alannah Tomkins, University of Keele

    The issues around settlement, belonging, and poor relief have for too long been understood largely from the perspective of England and Wales. This volume offers a pan-European survey that encompasses Switzerland, Prussia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Britain. It explores how the conception of belonging changed over time and space from the 1500s onwards, how communities dealt with the welfare expectations of an increasingly mobile population that migrated both within and between states, the welfare rights that were attached to those who “belonged,” and how ordinary people secured access to welfare resources.

     

    Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the ‘Long 1960s’ in Greece
    Kostis Kornetis

    Volume 10, Protest, Culture & Society

    Winner of the 2015 Keeley Book Prize of the Modern Greek Studies Association

     

    “This long-anticipated… publication signals the beginning of a potentially fruitful and certainly long overdue examination of the 1960s and 1970s in Greece. After so many years of discussions and debates on the Greek Civil War, the time for a careful consideration of the junta and its afterlife seems to have finally come. Kornetis offers an enormously productive entry point by exploring the issue that is analytically most central and socially most sensitive concerning this period: resistance and its counterpart, complicity. For anyone with an interest in the period or in the broad range of theoretical issues raised by its study, Children of the Dictatorship is an indispensible book that is sure to anchor future discussion and debate of the military regime.” · Journal of Modern Greek Studies

     

    Edited by Eric Langenbacher, Bill Niven, and Ruth Wittlinger

     

    “Overall this is an interesting collection with a number of thought-provoking essays. Notably, several of the chapters bring new (social science) methodologies to the interdisciplinary field of memory studies. It is also a strength of the volume that, while the focus is clearly on memories of World War II and the Holocaust, it incorporates consideration of a range of pasts that continue to have a significant impact on the way Europeans understand themselves and others. The comparative perspective proves particularly fruitful in raising new questions regarding different kinds of remembrance at both the national and the European level.” · European Legacy

     

     

     

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    Previously published as Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures

     

    Published since 1990, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies. The journal serves as an important forum for ethnographic research in and on Europe, which in this context is not defined narrowly as a geopolitical entity but rather as a meaningful cultural construction in people’s lives, which both legitimates political power and calls forth practices of resistance and subversion. By presenting both new field studies and theoretical reflections on the history and politics of studying culture in Europe anthropologically, AJEC encompasses different academic traditions of engaging with its subject, from social and cultural anthropology to European ethnology and empirische Kulturwissenschaften.

     

     
    Aspasia

     

    Aspasia is the international peer-reviewed annual of women’s and gender history of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE). It aims to transform European women’s and gender history by expanding comparative research on women and gender to all parts of Europe, creating a European history of women and gender that encompasses more than the traditional Western European perspective. Aspasia particularly emphasizes research that examines the ways in which gender intersects with other categories of social organization and advances work that explores transnational aspects of women’s and gender histories within, to, and from CESEE. The journal also provides an important outlet for the publication of articles by scholars working in CESEE itself. Its contributions cover a rich variety of topics and historical eras, as well as a wide range of methodologies and approaches to the history of women and gender.

     

     

     

    FPC&S is the journal of the Conference Group on French Politics & Society. It is jointly sponsored by the Institute of French Studies at New York University and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

    European Comic Art is the first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature. Published in association with the American Bande Dessinée Society and the International Bande Dessinée Society, European Comic Art builds on existing scholarship in French-language comic art and is able to draw on the scholarly activities undertaken by both organisations. However, our editorial board and consultative committee bring expertise on a wider European area of comic art production and the journal will emphasise coverage of work from across Europe, including Eastern Europe.

     

     

     

     

    FPC&S is the journal of the Conference Group on French Politics & Society. It is jointly sponsored by the Institute of French Studies at New York University and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

    French Politics, Culture & Society explores modern and contemporary France from the perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural analysis. It also examines France’s relationship to the larger world, especially Europe, the United States, and the former French Empire. The editors also welcome pieces on recent debates and events, as well as articles that explore the connections between French society and cultural expression of all sorts (such as art, film, literature, and popular culture). Issues devoted to a single theme appear from time to time. With refereed research articles, timely essays, and reviews of books in many disciplines, French Politics, Culture & Society provides a forum for learned opinion and the latest scholarship on France.

    French Politics, Culture & Society is now available on JSTOR!

     

     

     

    German Politics and Society is a joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal’s Editorial Committee.

    German Politics and Society is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn Journals. It is the only American publication that explores issues in modern Germany from the combined perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural studies.

    German Politics and Society is now available on JSTOR!

     

     

     

    A Journal for the New Europe

     

    Published in association with the Leo Baeck College and the Michael Goulston Education Foundation.

    For over 40 years, European Judaism has provided a voice for the postwar Jewish world in Europe. It has reflected the different realities of each country and helped to rebuild Jewish consciousness after the Holocaust.

    The journal offers: stimulating debates exploring the responses of Judaism to contemporary political, social, and philosophical challenges; articles reflecting the full range of contemporary Jewish life in Europe, and including documentation of the latest developments in Jewish-Muslim dialogue; new insights derived from science, psychotherapy, and theology as they impact upon Jewish life and thought; literary exchange as a unique exploration of ideas from leading Jewish writers, poets, scholars, and intellectuals with a variety of documentation, poetry, and book reviews section; and book reviews covering a wide range of international publications.

    European Judaism is now available on JSTOR!

     

     

    Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

     

    Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as “globalization” or “empire.”

    Introducing: FocaalBlog, which aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.

     

     

     

  • Berghahn Journals Blog

    Berghahn Books Shortlisted for The British Book Industry Awards

     

    From The Bookseller’s website:

    The British Book Industry Awards will celebrate the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it – the best books, the best writers, the best bookshops, the best publishers – from industry greats to those starting out. Building on the success and legacy of The Bookseller Industry Awards (the trade “Nibbies”), 2016 will mark the first step, and a step-change, in the way the book trade presents itself to itself and to the wider world.

     
    The winners will be announced 9th May 2016. Stay tuned!

     

     

     

  • Berghahn Journals Blog

    Solving the Mystery of Nancy Drew

    The following is a guest blog post written by Michael G. Cornelius, author of the article Sexuality, Interruption, and Nancy Drew, which appeared in Volume 8, Number 2 of the journal Girlhood Studies.
     
     

    It’s admittedly an odd thing, to be a Nancy Drew scholar.
     

    Strictly speaking, “Nancy Drew Scholar” is not the official occupation listed on my tax forms. And when strangers ask me what I do for a living—whenever such casual conversations between strangers bubble up, such as on an airplane—I never reply “Nancy Drew scholar.” I usually say “English teacher” or “professor” or even “medievalist” (which raises more than a few eyebrows on its own, trust me.) And, at the risk of sounding like an actor who worries about typecasting, I’m more than a Nancy Drew scholar. I write on a wide variety of subject matter: sword-and-sandal movies; science fiction; sexuality in the premodern and early modern eras—a quick perusal of my CV would reveal books and articles with words like “Chaucer” and “Shakespeare” and “Gawain” in the titles (there’s also one that includes the word “Farts,” but that’s a subject of a whole different blog post.)
     

    Despite all that, around half my scholarly output involves Nancy Drew, Vicki Barr, Trixie Belden, Shirley Flight, Rick Brant, Christopher Cool, or some other girls’ or boys’ series protagonist. I can’t help it. My obsession started at a young age when a prescient elementary-school librarian pressed a copy of Secret of the Forgotten City (Nancy Drew #52) into my hands at the impressionable age of 9. This book had everything: mystery, adventure, secret codes, archaeology, thrilling discoveries, friendship—safe and sane as these books may be, for a farm-town kid ensconced in an upstate village of 200 people and 8000 dairy cattle, this was heady stuff indeed. I never looked back, and I never outgrew my love of Nancy Drew.
     

    If you ever need evidence of this, feel free to come to my house. I can show you my collection. I have 900 Nancy Drew books (and growing). Collectible dot shelves here and there; a few pieces of original Nancy Drew artwork adorn the walls. And my CV reflects this: I’ve written about Nancy Drew and primitivism; Nancy Drew and the Awkward Age; Nancy Drew and Shakespeare; Nancy Drew and sacrality; Nancy Drew and teleological perfection; Nancy Drew and illness; Nancy Drew and motherhood; and, for the piece included in the most recent edition of the the journal of Girlhood Studies (8.2, 2015), “Sexuality, Interruption, and Nancy Drew.”
     

    People sometimes look at me funny when they find out about my obsession with Nancy Drew. I don’t blame them. There are precious few of us out there (though I have always contended there are not nearly enough of us out there.) Many social critics have observed that it is our leisure time, and not our working hours, that truly defines us, whether we obsess over baseball statistics or knitting patterns or growing a pumpkin the size of a Winnebago. I obsess over Nancy Drew and her fellow girl and boy sleuths. I belong to two different girl sleuth societies; I attend Nancy Drew conventions (yes, we have them, and they are spectacular); I re-read the books; I ponder them. And I use them to understand the world. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? What we academics are really doing, each in our discipline, each in our own way? Trying to understand the world—our world, each world, every world. And what better way to do that than through Nancy Drew? Everyone knows her name. She is a cultural zeitgeist—probably the most well-known female literary character of all time. New Nancy Drew books have been produced for the last 85 years, with no signs of stopping. And over the course of hundreds and hundreds of mysteries solved, criminal conspiracies uncovered, and villains locked behind bars, Nancy Drew—directly and indirectly—has confronted nearly every aspect of society, all while remaining a blank slate and a figure of mythopoesis. She is larger-than-life and yet, at the same time, utterly scribe-able to every reader, so that we may place ourselves, not in her shoes (for, indeed, no one is Nancy Drew), but next to her, in her flashlight’s glow, part of her coterie, part of her circle of friends, part of her adventures and part of her world. That is the real power of Nancy Drew. The worlds of characters like Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur are too rarified for us—one has to be extraordinary just to be let in the front door (even Watson, for all his bluster, is a pretty good writer). With Nancy Drew, however, one just has to be curious, and a little bit brave. We can all do that.
     

    “Sexuality, Interruption, and Nancy Drew” looks, quite literally, at the verbal tactic of interruption in the Nancy Drew books, pondering why it is, whenever the topic of conversation turns to marriage, Nancy abruptly and vigorously changes the narrative, altering the course of conversation away from any hint of romance, marriage, coupling, and dyadism, and back to more important matters—like mysteries. Take, for example, the conclusion to The Mystery at Lilac Inn, where Nancy finds it necessary to interrupt two chums whose conversation dares to veer toward their upcoming nuptials:
     

    Later, as Nancy, Helen, and Emily were talking, the two older girls suddenly stopped speaking on the subject of their forthcoming weddings. Helen said, “Goodness, Nancy, you must be tired of hearing us talk about steady partners when—” Nancy interrupted. Laughing gaily, she said, “Not at all. For the present, my steady partner is going to be mystery!” (Keene 1961: 180)

     

    As a scholar, I sometimes feel as Nancy does. I love spying riddles in texts and television shows and trying to ascertain what it all might mean. Of course being a Nancy Drew scholar makes perfect sense in this imperfect world. Who is better at solving mysteries than Nancy? A Nancy Drew scholar? I’m proud to be identified as such.
     
     
     
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    Work Cited

    Keene, Carolyn. 1961. The Mystery at Lilac Inn. New York: Grosset and Dunlap.

    MICHAEL G. CORNELIUS is the author/editor of fifteen books, including nancy drew and her sister sleuths: essays on the fiction of girl detectives (co-edited with Melanie E. Gregg; McFarland, 2008) and the companion book, The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others (McFarland, 2010). He has published extensively on Nancy Drew, Vicki Barr, and other girls’ and boys’ series literature. Cornelius is the chair of the Department of English and Communications at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.

     
     

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by Siân Pooley and Kaveri Qureshi   On the 2nd March this year, ahead of Mother’s Day, there was a thoughtful discussion on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour addressing the question: ‘is it inevitable you’ll turn into your mother?’. For counsellor Myira Khan, who was interviewed on the programme, this is a topic that comes up […]

Look for Berghahn at The EASA 2016 Conference

  We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Conference in Milan, Italy from the 20th-23rd of July 2016. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices, pick up some free journal samples, or chat to Marion […]

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  Each year since 1985, Americans have celebrated national Park and Recreation Month during the month of July to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining the quality of life for, and contributing to the physical, economic and environmental well-being of communities. To find out more please visit National Recreation and […]

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  We are delighted to inform you that Berghahn will be present at The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Conference in Durham, UK from the 4th-7th July 2016. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices and pick up some free journal samples.   If you are […]

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