Free book launch and talk: The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature

To launch her new book, The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Dr Lucy Andrew will discuss her love of literature featuring boy detectives and share some of the discoveries she made about them while delving into the archives of the Bodleian Library.

Her book maps the development of the boy detective in British children’s literature from the mid-19th to the early-20th century in ‘penny dreadfuls’ and story papers aimed at working class boys. In particular, it examines the value of the fictional boy detective during this period as an ideological tool to condition boy readers to fulfil adult desires and expectations of what boyhood and, in the future, proper manhood should entail.

Dr Andrew is a Lecturer in English Literature and Programme Leader of the English degree at University Centre Shrewsbury. Her research specialisms are in children’s and young adult literature and crime fiction – particularly children’s crime fiction. She has published on boy detectives, Veronica Mars, Harry Potter and supernatural detective fiction for young readers and is the co-editor of Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes (University of Wales Press). She is also co-organiser of the Short Story Network, which focuses on the study of short fiction of the long 19th and early 20th centuries.

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