Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations

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The 21st century is a good time to be Sherlock Holmes. He stars in the recent Guy Ritchie films, with Robert Downey, Jr., playing the great detective; an internationally popular BBC television series, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock; a novel sanctioned by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate; and dozens of additional novels and short stories, including two by Neil Gaiman. Add to this video games, comic books, and fan-created works, plus a potent Internet and social media presence. Holmes' London has even ...

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Overview

The 21st century is a good time to be Sherlock Holmes. He stars in the recent Guy Ritchie films, with Robert Downey, Jr., playing the great detective; an internationally popular BBC television series, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock; a novel sanctioned by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate; and dozens of additional novels and short stories, including two by Neil Gaiman. Add to this video games, comic books, and fan-created works, plus a potent Internet and social media presence. Holmes' London has even become a prime destination for cinematic tourists.

The evidence is clearly laid out in this collection of 14 new essays: Holmes and Watson are more popular than ever. Why we continue to be fascinated with them is the overall topic. The genius detective has been portrayed as hero as well as antihero. Adaptations describe him as tech savvy, scientifically detached, even psychologically aberrant; he has been romantically linked to The Woman and bromantically to Watson. Whether Victorian or modern, he continues to intrigue us. These essays analyze Sherlock Holmes as a cultural icon and explain why he is destined to be a beloved if controversial character for years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786468409
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,029,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynnette Porter teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has written several books about television and film.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: In Search of the Real Sherlock Holmes 1

1 The Noble Bachelor and the Crooked Man: Subtext and Sexuality in the BBC's Sherlock Carlen Lavigne 13

2 Sex and the Single Sleuth Anissa M. Graham Jennifer C. Garlen 24

3 "Bromance is so Passé": Robert Downey, Jr.'s Queer Paratexts Kayley Thomas 35

4 The Watson Effect: Civilizing the Sociopath April Toadvine 48

5 "Don't Make People into Heroes, John": (Re/De) Constructing the Detective as Hero Francesca M. Marinaro Kayley Thomas 65

6 Making the Transition: The Modern Adaptation and Recreation of the Scientist Detective Hero Ana E. La Paz 81

7 A Singular Case of Identity: Holmesian Shapeshifting Rhonda Harris Taylor 93

8 The Process of Elimination: The Americanization of Sherlock Holmes Lynnette Porter 113

9 The "Great Game" of Information: The BBC's Digital Native Rhonda Harris Taylor 128

10 Detecting the Technocratic Detective Svetlana Bochman 144

11 Investigating Victorian Propriety in Money Matters Svetlana Bochman 155

12 Welcome to London: The Role of the Cinematic Tourist Lynnetter Porter 164

13 True to Their Victorian Roots: The House of Silk Lynnette Porter 181

14 Bookends of the Great Detective's Life: Neil Gaiman's Award-Winning Pastiches Lynnette Porter 192

About the Contributors 203

Index 205

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