Sherlock Holmes

Overview

As a hero of popular culture and an established literary figure, Sherlock Holmes has become the benchmark by which new detectives and mysteries are judged. The essays in Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero offer insights on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's treatment of urbanization, the advent of the information age, and the work ethic; they also illuminate how later literature compares with the original Sherlock Holmes books thematically and stylistically. From the original model for Sherlock Holmes to the ...
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Overview

As a hero of popular culture and an established literary figure, Sherlock Holmes has become the benchmark by which new detectives and mysteries are judged. The essays in Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero offer insights on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's treatment of urbanization, the advent of the information age, and the work ethic; they also illuminate how later literature compares with the original Sherlock Holmes books thematically and stylistically. From the original model for Sherlock Holmes to the character's portrayal on film, from analysis of the role of masculine power in the texts to analysis of the female rivals of Holmes, this book traces the ever-increasing variety of perspectives on Holmes and the way the original character has been adapted and re-envisioned.
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Editorial Reviews

Sherlock Holmes Gazette
...excellent collection of essays...each...worth an individual mention...demonstrate how exciting the academic approach to the Holmes stories from various disciplines...can be...I recommend it to anyone seeking a fresh approach to their favourite detective.
The District Messenger: Newsletter Of The Sherlock Holmes Society
...the contents are wonderfully varied and readable. It's a delightful, stimulating collection, and I recommend it to all who are interested in Sherlock Holmes.
Canadian Holmes
A fine and essential volume for literary scholars of Holmes.
Monthly Newsletter For Sherlockians
...a thoroughly welcome collection, and editors have done an excellent job of offering 24 of the papers from the conference....
The District Messenger: Newsletter Of The Sherlock Holmes S
...the contents are wonderfully varied and readable. It's a delightful, stimulating collection, and I recommend it to all who are interested in Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes Gazette
...excellent collection of essays...each...worth an individual mention...demonstrate how exciting the academic approach to the Holmes stories from various disciplines...can be...I recommend it to anyone seeking a fresh approach to their favourite detective..
Booknews
One can confidently argue that Arthur Conan Doyle is the father of the detective novel industry and his famous character, Sherlock Holmes, still unsurpassed as the most interesting sleuth to solve a mystery. In 24 critical essays, modern scholars and mystery devotees reflect on the phenomena that is Sherlock Holmes, surveying film adaptions, and themes as varied as Holmes as a model of the modern information age, the work ethic of the detective, his urbanization, the detective's mythic qualities and psychology, as well as presenting innovative comparisons between the character and his successors in Data of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Sam Spade, and George Smiley. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810831803
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/10/1996
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. Putney (BA, Drew University, MA, University of Delaware) is an independent consultant in grant writing and a member of the "Baker Street Breakfast Club," a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars. Sally Sugarman, a professor at Bennington College in Vermont, and Joseph A. Cutshall King are also members of the society.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Sherlock Holmes on Film: A Personal View 2
2 "Where Do You Get Your Ideas?" 10
3 They Were the Very Models of the Modern Information Age 16
4 Headlines and Deadlines: How Sherlock Holmes Used the Press 25
5 The Other Side of the Coin in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Red-Headed League" 37
6 Profession and Performance: The Work Ethic of Sherlock Holmes 64
7 Conan Doyle and Urbanization 81
8 "Data! Data! Data!": Holmesian Echoes in Star Trek: The Next Generation 90
9 The Other Sherlock Holmes 102
10 Sherlock Holmes: The Mythic Hero in Criminous Literature 117
11 The Female Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Alternative Sleuths, Alternative Heroes 135
12 The Representation of Victorian England in the Contemporary Detective Novel 146
13 Secular Guardians of Sacred Justice: Fictional Detectives and Asceticism 157
14 Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade: Brothers under the Skin 170
15 The Holmesian World of John Le Carre: Another View of George Smiley 181
16 A Cervantine Reading of Conan Doyle: Interpolated Narrative in A Study in Scarlet 196
17 Unlikely Kinsmen: Holmes and Iago 211
18 Future Sherlocks Meet Future Shock: Detectives in Science Fiction 222
19 The Canon and the Apocrypha 234
20 William Gillette: America's Sherlock Lived the Role 245
21 Sherlock Holmes from Model Diagnostician to Medical Icon: The Physician's Changing Perspective 253
22 A Feminist Appraisal of Intellectual One-Upmanship in the Sherlock Holmes Stories 267
23 The Hound of the Baskervilles: Doyle, Holmes, and the Unconscious 287
24 Masculine Power and the Ideal Reasoner: Sherlock Holmes, Technician-Hero 296
Index 323
About the Contributors 327
About the Editors 330
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