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Despite action in Paris, we still need to listen to Inuit peoples in climate change research to better inform decision-making in the years to come
Arctic Indigenous peoples have thrived under some of the globe’s most extreme environmental conditions. Despite the dramatic impacts of climate change on the Canadian Arctic, which is occurring at twice the global rate, Inuit peoples in Canada aim to continue living and hunting on their traditional lands at the top of the world. But without adequate access to adaptation funding, the next generations of Inuit may not be able to effectively do so. Arctic leaders at COP21 this past December in Paris stressed that the unprecedented pace of anthropogenic climate change has made adaptation much more difficult and that northern communities need assistance to adapt to climate change. However, while there is some mention of Indigenous peoples, the final agreement doesn’t appear to have any commitment to work with them.
Since Paris, US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have announced their shared Arctic leadership strategy, committing to a sustainable Arctic development model that will feature new partnerships with Indigenous peoples. Significantly, their joint statement clearly states that the strategy will make use of both scientific evidence and Inuit traditional knowledge (ITK; also known as Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit or IQ) in balancing development decisions and in responding to the impacts of climate change. That these leaders used the platform of their meeting for this announcement was significant, not only because of its emphasis on the leadership of Indigenous peoples but also because it was a powerful acknowledgment of the importance of Inuit systems of knowledge in framing the problem of climate change.
But the power of this announcement raises some questions. Does this mean we are indeed listening to Indigenous peoples of the north when it comes to climate change? Have we built the narratives in Arctic policymaking and research to inform such a shared leadership model? While there are reasons to be optimistic about the direction of Arctic policy on climate change, dominant narratives in research and society in general have excluded Indigenous voices. Rather, they emphasize the roles of those living in southern regions in “saving” the Arctic. In light of this, policies need to look beyond much of what we think we think we already know about the north, and new narratives need to be given the space to take over if “shared leadership” is to happen in a meaningful way.
A Lack of Inuit Perspectives in Climate Change Research
One cause for concern is raised in a recent study by Murray and colleagues, which concludes that there is a dearth of studies in Arctic climate change research that address societal needs. While there is proportionally more research on the human dimensions of climate change in the Canadian (versus the US) Arctic, the study suggests that funding for social science research in Canada tends to be allocated in small amounts (less than $50,000), ignoring the realities that conducting research in the Far North is inherently expensive due to the costs of transportation.
In the broader policy arena, narratives in climate change activism have been criticized by Inuit leaders as valuing polar bears more than the people who live in the Arctic. On the other hand, more nuanced criticisms of the integration of science and ITK in research point to some subtle yet pervasive concerns. ITK is highly valued among Indigenous peoples of the north. It is a system of understanding of the natural world that is based on the authority of Inuit elders, and is rooted in Inuit spiritual worldviews. Furthermore, many Arctic scientists also value ITK for the insights it provides in understanding environmental processes and in filling knowledge gaps at the local level (Eicken and Salganek 2010; Huntington 2012). Indeed, calls have been made for years to further develop complementary ways of using both science and ITK in decision-making in the Arctic. However, some Northerners state that they have limited opportunity to influence policy and investment decisions regarding the production of science, even where it involves the complementary use of ITK and science.
“Knowing the North”
Some scholars argue that addressing today’s problems requires us to look at deeply ingrained notions of the Inuit themselves. In her book Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic, Emilie Cameron critically addresses how Southern peoples have created narratives of the Arctic and about the Inuit (2015). Early explorers act much like founding fathers in the collective Canadian psyche. While their jobs were to identify opportunities for trade in North America, their stories have shaped much of the cultural identity of the country, and particularly of the north, where few have had the opportunity to travel. In these stories, Indigenous peoples were commonly interpreted as simplistic or as savages by highly subjective and fictionalized accounts. Explorers—and later developers—were conversely seen as offering Indigenous peoples opportunities to “progress.” When Indigenous peoples have resisted such offers, they’ve been seen as naively resisting “help” and not fully understanding the ways of the world or their own needs. Over time, these stories have persisted and shaped the Inuit identity in Canadian society. They have been used to justify colonial practices claimed to be “helping” the Inuit. In response, Cameron insists that non-Indigenous peoples need to cultivate new relationships with Northerners by actively listening to them and enabling new narratives to take hold, particularly in the policy arena.
Research and the “Helping” Narrative
The “helping” mindset is firmly rooted in the modern tradition, and in public service and civil society. Cameron discusses that thus far institutions and policies have only effectively served in “helping” Inuit peoples adapt to the modern world, rather than to climate change (Cameron 2012). Her review of climate change adaptation research suggests that notions of benevolence and scientific expertise inform a “will to improve” conditions on behalf of the Inuit, rather than reflect the expressed political interests of the Inuit. The narrative, she and others (Ford et al. 2014) have observed, has focused on the vulnerabilities of individual households and largely leaves out governance, self-determination, and meaningful engagement in natural resources management decision-making (Cameron 2012; Ford et al. 2014). In this light, the collective body of research on climate change adaptation, which on the surface seems to be trying to help Arctic communities deal with the problem of climate change, may instead compound the problem by removing governance and Inuit agency from the context.
What Are Inuit Saying about Climate Change?
One Inuit perspective is documented in the autobiography The Right to Be Cold. Here, Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier depicts Inuit life as one that is imbued with both Indigenous tradition and contemporary realities (2015). Her own life story—a trajectory that went from “dog teams to mini skirts and rock ‘n’ roll” in the 1960s, to political leadership on the International Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and activism on the global climate governance stage—reads as a refreshing departure from common characterizations of the north. Watt-Cloutier presents climate change as part of an ongoing historical problem—a present-day manifestation of colonialism that persistently serves to dispossess the Inuit from their traditional lands, their traditional knowledge systems, and their inherent rights as Indigenous peoples.
Watt-Cloutier’s words give some noteworthy context to today’s Arctic climate policies, which are following centuries of failed attempts to “help” Indigenous peoples. These include Canada’s now infamous Indigenous residential school system, forced relocations, the execution of sled dogs, the systematic lack of inclusion in land use decisions that has subjected northerners to exploitative interests from outside the region, and a collective body scientific research that has undermined local knowledge and the role of ITK in Inuit society. Poignantly, she states that as social problems increased as a result of these practices, programs and agencies were introduced by various levels of government to “deal” with them:
Yet these institutions seldom empowered our community, nor addressed the deep historical traumas that had created our wounds. Instead, financial support, counselling and law enforcement often took authority away from our elders and communities. It should have come as no surprise that if young people didn’t see their elders take command of their lives and their culture, they would quickly lose their own sense of responsibility and survival.
Her words convey that institutional approaches to problem solving in the Arctic have failed primarily because they circumvented local authority. In light of this, efforts toward the creation meaningful climate policymaking in the north require what has been lacking in climate research: a clear focus on governance and self-determination.
If meaningful collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments in North America are to happen, the production of knowledge about climate change and its impacts in the Arctic needs to move beyond the current technical focus. Arctic research should account for the need for new narratives of the north that move well beyond the “helping” narrative to one that features self-determination in decision-making.
It should be of notable concern that Alaskan Inuit leaders were not consulted prior to the Obama–Trudeau announcement of the Arctic strategy and that Inuit leaders in Canada have been deeply skeptical about the prospects of the Paris accord given the lack of any binding commitments to Arctic peoples. Even though scholars and policymakers account for the value of ITK, Inuit authority to make decisions for themselves with respect to climate change needs to feature in how ITK is studied and integrated into policy.
On the other hand, an optimism has been generated that attention to the Arctic at this juncture will lead to greater collaboration. With an expressed interest in working with Indigenous peoples, the months and years ahead will be critical in developing North American policy that reflects the partnerships needed to address the problem of mediating the impacts of climate change in the north.
Megan Sheremata is a PhD candidate in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada. She conducts research in climate change adaptation in northern Canada. Her research interests include how traditional knowledge systems and the natural sciences can be used in complementary ways to inform decision-making, and in how science is situated in the social contexts of policymaking and collaborative planning.
Cameron, E.S. 2012. “Securing Indigenous Politics: A Critique of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Approach to the Human Dimensions of Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic.” Global Environmental Change 22, no. 1: 103–114.
Cameron, E. 2015. Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Eicken, H., and M. Salganek, eds. 2010. Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.
Ford, J.D., G. McDowell, and J. Jones. 2014. “The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Arctic.” Environmental Research Letters 9, no. 10.
Huntington, H.P. 2011. “Arctic Science: The Local Perspective.” Nature 478, no. 7368: 182–183.
Watt-Cloutier, S. 2015. The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet. Toronto: Penguin Canada.
Cite as: Sheremata, Megan. 2016. “Can We Hear Them Now? Listening to Inuit Voices in Arctic Policy and Research.” 27 April. www.envirosociety.org/2016/04/can-we-hear-them-now-listening-to-inuit-voices-in-arctic-policy-and-research.
This post is part of a series on the Latin American pink tide, moderated and edited by Massimiliano Mollona (Goldsmiths, University of London).
Does Obama’s visit herald the end of the Cuban Revolution?
On Thursday, 18 December 2014, I received an urgent WhatsApp message from a Cuban friend, who was then in Spain with his Spanish girlfriend.
“Pon CNN ahora mismo! Se acaba el bloqueo.” (Turn on CNN now! The blockade is over.)
This merely turned out to be the start of ongoing negotiations to reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries, disrupted since 1961. However, it inevitably raised a crucial question: if the blockade is indeed lifted, what will happen to Cuba? I did not have the answer back then, nor do I have it now, and I will not, in spite of the title, turn this post into a forecast. However, what is relevant about the question is how often it gets to be asked in relation to Cuba. It was asked in the 1980s, when Perestroika was set in motion in the Soviet Union; in the 1990s with the collapse of Soviet communism (Kaufman Purcell 1991); in 2008, with Fidel Castro’s illness (McKinley Jr. 2008); from 2011 to 2013 with Raúl Castro’s new economic and migratory policies (Sweig and Bustamante 2013), in 2015 with Barack Obama’s announcement (Labott 2014); and more recently in 2016 with Obama’s visit to the island (Anderson 2016). While each period resulted in slight transformations of Cuban politics, none witnessed the end of the Revolution. Is this still the case today?
While Fidel Castro’s commitment to the ideological elements of the Revolution strongly shaped the direction of the political project in Cuba until 2008, his absence from the public has not seen the collapse of socialism, but it has seen a transformation of the Cuban state in the hands of Raúl (Gold 2015). This transformation, however, cannot be conceptualized as a simple “evolution” toward a market economy, nor does it respond to similar processes taking shape in other Latin American countries that are shifting away from pink. Cuba still presents a unique case within Latin America, mostly for its very peculiar relationship to the United States and particularly because of the ongoing economic embargo. In this way, this is not a post about the end of the pink tide in Cuba. But I can venture some observations on how Obama’s visit impacts Cuba’s “permanent revolution” and flag some sites where the future of the revolution will be played out.
There is no doubt that Obama’s visit to Cuba is a powerful symbolic event of the normalization of relations between the two countries. Obama is the first US president to visit Cuba in nine decades, and many Cubans see the arrival of the president as “major victory of the Cuban Socialist Revolutionary people” (Lage Dávila 2016), especially since in his speech addressing the Cuban people, Obama admitted that the past US policy toward Cuba did not work. Much has changed since Raúl Castro assumed office in 2008: US citizens can now travel to Cuba, emigration has been increasingly normalized so that Cubans can travel and work overseas with greater ease, forms of semi- and private property have emerged, and state employment has decreased in favor of ever-more-popular self-employed ventures such as restaurants, room rental, craft makers, urban agriculture, and other ventures surrounding tourism. On a larger scale, tourism deals have been signed not just with Spanish and Canadian firms, dominant in the 2000s, but also now with North American cruise ship companies, which will start docking in the newly refurbished port of Mariel in May (Anderson 2016). The coming of the Rolling Stones, which had formerly been banned from playing in Cuba, is another symbolic event in the current toing and froing of the old Cold War nemeses.
In Cuba, as in Miami, there are as many differences of opinions as there are recipes for moros y cristianos regarding the visit of Obama and its possible consequences for Cuba. From the staunch anti-Castro Cubans in Miami there ensued a plethora of comments about La Momia’s publication on Granma on “El Hermano Obama” (Castro Ruz 2016), speculating whether he is actually lucid enough to write himself. Conversely, many Cubans on the island still draw on Fidel Castro’s published reflections as parameter for official state lines. Supporters and critics of the Cuban government’s policies have made a statement about Obama’s visit, and despite radical slants toward left and right, common themes emerge. To the left, the value of education and health within the Revolution is continuously hailed as a major achievement that the US has been unable to claim and are highlighted as predominant claims for not succumbing to Obama’s capitalism. To the right, the ever-present clamor for human rights, particularly freedom of speech and political dissidence, figure more prominent than ever as Obama made a point of meeting with dissidents both in Miami as well as in Cuba. And on all sides, there has been a focus on cuentapropismo (self-employment) as one of the central foci of future relations.
Cuentapropistas were signaled out by Obama as the economic sector that can bring prosperity to Cuba, as the burgeoning civil society and as the bloom of a market economy. Symbolically, Obama had a meal at a Paladar upon his visit to Havana. This sector of the economy, which was allowed to emerge at a time of crisis and was eventually regulated and co-opted into the Revolution (Gold 2011), has once more become the focus of research and policy. And while it may indeed be the sector most welcoming of economic opening to the United States—because it heavily relies on tourism and often suffers from the scarcities in food and resources—it cannot, for the types of services it provides, become the powerhouse of the economy. The scientific poll, the agricultural sector, and the construction industries, still state owned (Rodríguez Rivera 2016), will be crucial centers of struggle in the near future. There are already indications of the kinds of transformations that will take place around these industries, for example, in the illegal but tolerated emergence of collectives of professionals, especially of architects. With the booming of the property industry as the sale of private homes was legalized in 2013 (see Gold forthcoming), the increase of tourism and the tacit presence of Cuban-Americans buying houses through Cubans on the island, the construction industry is flourishing and will give rise to a class of professionals as well as property owners that will rearticulate Cuban social structures in a way similar to other former Soviet Eastern European countries.
Another sector most likely to be affected by the normalization of relations will be the urban agriculture sector, which has become a banner for the Revolution’s capacity to weather economic hardship, as well to promote ecologically and sustainably committed agriculture. Obama’s visit resulted in an agreement between US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodríguez Rollero to promote the sharing of ideas and research between the two country’s agricultural sectors, and Obama has mentioned the importance of technology transfer to Cuba (Altieri 2016). The small farmers and cooperatives that control 25 percent of Cuba’s land and produce 65 percent of its food will not be able to compete with large-scale and subsidized US farmers.
The tendency of transnational agribusinesses to deal with economies of scale, where land is in the hands of a few corporations, has the potential to shift small-scale farmers off their land. At a time of global ecological crisis, Cuba’s urban farmers may find a profitable world market in which to sell their produce. However, this may come at an increased cost of local food, as is already the case. The success of local farmers will depend on the state’s capacity to protect its local market and strengthen the autonomy of cooperatives and individual farmers.
Fifty-five years of Revolution have given the Cuban people a large measure of political awareness, a strong dose of education, and a sometimes overrated sense of national sovereignty, which may be the best legacies of the historic generation that made the Revolution. It is this sense of national sovereignty that can be a potentially powerful, even though diffuse, political force. The historic trajectory of the Cuban Revolution, and the fact that Obama’s visit took place even while the historic leaders of the Revolution are in power, fuels the political potential of the Revolution. Within the region, and globally, Cuba has been a focal point for anticapitalism since the 1950s and into the new millennium. But more importantly, it has also been a historical focal point of post and anticolonialism, which has been at the core of many “pink” social and political movements in Latin America in the past fifteen years.
It is very difficult to predict the direction the Cuban Revolution will take. Cubans I talk to say simultaneously that things are not as they used to be and that everything stays the same, and there is probably a measure of truth in both appreciations. But, a stubborn fact cannot be ignored: those who can are buying property on the quays.
Marina Gold is a Social Anthropologist with an area expertise on Cuba. She is a researcher at Bergen University, affiliated to ERC Project titled “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons” held by Prof. Bruce Kapferer, where she explores human rights discourse and the refugee crisis in Europe. She currently holds a guest researcher position at the University of Zurich.
This paper was written thanks to funding support from the ERC project “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons” within the University of Bergen.
All photos in the post are credited to the author.
 This has been a common phenomenon in Cuba, increasingly since the 1990s: young Cubans meeting and marrying foreigners for a visa. While this is not the case of my friend, who lives in Cuba and spends a few months a year in Europe on short-term work contracts, similar cases are widespread and have strongly shaped the younger generations’ experiences of nationalism.
 Moros y cristianos, literally “Moors and Christians” refers to one of the typical Cuban dishes of rice and black beans, which seems simple to prepare but has multiple culinary secretes according to each family tradition.
 The Mummy, a derogatory reference to Fidel Castro, alluding to his age and capacity to elude death.
 The official newspaper of the Communist Party.
 Brother Obama was the title of Fidel’s reflections published on 28 March after Obama’s visit.
 A restaurant run in a person’s home, one of the first expressions of self-employment that emerged in Cuba in the 1990s.
Altieri, Miguel. 2016. “Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw.” The Conversation, 25 March.
Anderson, John Lee. 2016. “Cuba after Obama left.” The New Yorker, 1 April.
Castro Ruz, Fidel. 2016. “El Hermano Obama.” Granma, 28 March.
Finkelstein, Alex. 2015. “Cuba’s next revolution: Real estate.” World Property Journal, 14 August.
Gold, Marina. Forthcoming. Capitalist ventures of solidarity networks? Self-employment in post-Soviet Cuba. In L.F. Angosto-Ferrández and G.H. Presterudsteun, eds., Anthropologies of value. London: Pluto Press.
Gold, Marina. 2015. People and state in socialist Cuba: Ideas and practices of revolution. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Gold, Marina. 2011. Urban gardens: Private property or the ultimate socialist experience? In Carlos Riobo, ed., Cuban intersections of literary and urban spaces, pp. 25–48. New York: State University New York Press.
Kaufman Purcell, Susan. 1991. Collapsing Cuba. Foreign Affairs 71(1).
Labott, Elise. 2014. “Cuba releases American Alan Gross, paves way for historic easing of American sanctions.” CNN, 17 December.
Lage Dávila, Agustín. 2016. “Obama y la economía Cubana: Entender lo que no se dijo.” Cubadebate, 23 March.
McKinley, James C., Jr. 2008. “Fidel Castro resigns as Cuba’s president.” The New York Times, 20 February.
Rodríguez Rivera, Guillermo. 2016. “El progreso de Cuba y su sector privado.” Segunda Cita, 24 March.
Sweig, Julia. E., and Michael Bustamante. 2013. Cuba after communism: The economic reforms that are transforming the island. Foreign Affairs 92(4).
Cite as: Gold, Marina. 2016. “The end of the pink tide: Cuba.” FocaalBlog, 25 April. www.focaalblog.com/2016/04/25/marina-gold-the-end-of-the-pink-tide-cuba.
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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.
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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