Journal Article

‘There is Something Very Different About this Book!’: Mabel Maney’s <i>The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse</i>, The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, and Religion

Michelle Ann Abate

in Literature and Theology

Volume 30, issue 2, pages 164-181
Published in print June 2016 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online May 2016 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frw016
‘There is Something Very Different About this Book!’: Mabel Maney’s The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse, The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, and Religion

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This article re-examines the Nancy Drew stories through the lens of Mabel Maney’s parodic, queer reimagining, The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse, arguing that the religious context and deployment of both the secular and sacred meanings of ‘mystery’ in the latter shed light on the uses of religion in key Nancy Drew works. It suggests that reading the Nancy Drew novels through Maney’s text enables the reader to see how alternative spiritualities function in key texts as ways of educating the reader in religious, as well as detective, mystery.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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