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Crime Files

Sherlock Holmes in Context

Editors: Naidu, Sam (Ed.)

  • Offers a wide-ranging reconceptualization of the role of Sherlock Holmes within contemporary culture
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the enduring appeal of Arthur Conan Doyle's best-loved creation
  • Approaches Holmes from surprising alternative angles to explore the scope of the character's influence across the literary world
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About this book

This book of interdisciplinary essays serves to situate the original Sherlock Holmes, and his various adaptations, in a contemporary cultural context. This collection is prompted by three main and related questions: firstly, why is Sherlock Holmes such an enduring and ubiquitous cultural icon; secondly, why is it that Sherlock Holmes, nearly 130 years after his birth, is enjoying such a spectacular renaissance; and, thirdly, what sort of communities, imagined or otherwise, have arisen around this figure since the most recent resurrections of Sherlock Holmes by popular media?  Covering various media and genres (TV, film, literature, theatre) and scholarly approaches, this comprehensive collection offers cogent answers to these questions.

About the authors

Sam Naidu is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Rhodes University, South Africa. Her main research and teaching areas are crime and detective fiction and transnational literature. She has published widely on South African crime and detective fiction and also on indigenous folklore and ethnography in colonial South Africa.

Reviews

“This collection is best for scholars interested in comparing Sherlock Holmes adaptations in their contexts to Sherlock Holmes in his canonical appearances. It is particularly strong for those studying the BBC’s Sherlock.” (Malcah Effron, cercles.com, June, 2018)

“Sherlock Holmes in Context covers topics not found in other books about Holmes and offers new insights into Sherlock and other adaptations. As part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Crime Files series, this book should help scholars and fans (or those who are both at once) discover new interpretations of well-known stories, novels, films, and episodes and gain a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted Sherlock Holmes.” (Lynnette Porter, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, Vol. 61 (3), 2018)

“This was a very strong collection of essays, which were engagingly written, thought provoking and stimulating. They follow on well from one another, with essays often picking up similar themes from the previous one but discussing them in a different way. … I definitely recommend this collection for fans of Sherlock Holmes … .” (crossexaminingcrime, crossexaminingcrime.wordpress.com, May, 2017)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Naidu, Sam

    Pages 1-5

  • “All that Matters is the Work”: Text and Adaptation in Sherlock

    McClellan, Ann

    Pages 7-38

  • Clients Who Disappear and Colleagues Who Cannot Compete: Female Characters in the BBC’s Sherlock

    Turner, Benedick

    Pages 39-60

  • “I, Too, Mourn the Loss”: Mrs. Hudson and the Absence of Sherlock Holmes

    Beyer, Charlotte

    Pages 61-82

  • The Trickster, Remixed: Sherlock Holmes as Master of Disguise

    Poore, Benjamin

    Pages 83-100

Buy this book

eBook £62.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55595-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55594-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sherlock Holmes in Context
Editors
  • Sam Naidu
Series Title
Crime Files
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55595-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55595-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55594-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 206
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
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