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Sex and the lady detective: Re-imagining the Golden Age in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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This article examines the treatment of sex and gender in the Australian TV programme, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Promoted by its creators as feminist TV, the series re-imagines the figure of the ‘lady detective’ made popular during the 1920s’ Golden Age of detective fiction. However, the series’ celebration of female sexuality reveals, sometimes unintentionally, the limits of liberation in the 1920s and the conflicted responses of viewers in a post-feminist media landscape to the sexualized ‘modern woman’ of the past and present.
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Keywords: Australia; Golden Age; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; gender; lady detective; nostalgia; period drama; post-feminism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Maryland

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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