The Magnificent Memory Machine: The Nancy Drew Series and Female History

  • Robyn Hope
Part of the Palgrave Games in Context book series (PAGCON)


In Herinteractive’s series of Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure games, many of the mysteries revolve around the secrets of historical-fictional women. In order to solve these cases, the player, through Nancy, must uncover the true stories of women who are wrongly maligned by traditional histories. The puzzle-focused gameplay paints the reconstruction of female history as a puzzle in itself, one requiring pieces of these women’s homes, words, and artifacts. Additionally, this negotiation of female history is not without its perils: the struggle to impact a misogynistic society motivates more than one of Nancy’s female villains. This chapter will demonstrate how games in the Nancy Drew series, through their gameplay and narratives, offer a model of how women’s history can be touched, accessed, and demystified.


Gender Computer games Nancy Drew Historical fiction Women’s history 


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  • Robyn Hope
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  1. 1.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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