Sex and the lady detective: Re-imagining the Golden Age in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2046-9861
  • E-ISSN: 2046-987X



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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