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The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes


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Janice M. Allan, Christopher Pittard, Merrick Burrow, Clare Clarke, Stephen Knight, Christine Berberich, Stacy Gillis, Jonathan Cranfield, Stephan Karschay, Jeremy Tambling, Caroline Reitz, Bran Nicol, Neil McCaw, Catherine Wynne, Roberta Pearson
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  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107155855

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  • Sherlock Holmes is the most famous fictional detective in history, with a popularity that has never waned since catching the imagination of his late-Victorian readership. This Companion explores Holmes' popularity and his complex relationship to the late-Victorian and modernist periods; on one hand bearing the imprint of a range of Victorian anxieties and preoccupations, while on the other shaping popular conceptions of criminality, deviance, and the powers of the detective. This collection explores these questions in three parts. 'Contexts' explores late-Victorian culture, from the emergence of detective fiction to ideas of evolution, gender, and Englishness. 'Case Studies' reads selected Holmes adventures in the context of empire, visual culture, and the gothic. Finally, 'Holmesian Afterlives' investigates the relationship between Holmes and literary theory, film and theatre adaptations, new Holmesian novels, and the fandom that now surrounds him.

    • Delivers a comprehensive study of the creation, success and afterlife of Sherlock Holmes
    • Combines textual analysis with discussion of material issues of publication, and readership
    • Discusses the Holmes stories in relationship to many subjects, including gender, science and Englishness
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107155855
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Textual note
    1. Introduction Janice M. Allan and Christopher Pittard
    Part I. Contexts:
    2. Holmes and the history of detective fiction Merrick Burrow
    3. Doyle, Holmes and Victorian publishing Clare Clarke
    4. Doyle, Holmes and London Stephen Knight
    5. Englishness and rural England Christine Berberich
    6. Gender and sexuality in Holmes Stacy Gillis
    7. Doyle and evolution Jonathan Cranfield
    8. Doyle and the criminal body Stephan Karschay
    9. Holmes, law and order Jeremy Tambling
    Part II. Case Studies:
    10. The empires of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four Caroline Reitz
    11. Sidney Paget and visual culture in The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Christopher Pittard
    12. Gothic returns: The Hound of the Baskervilles Janice M. Allan
    Part III. Holmesian Afterlives:
    13. Holmes and literary theory Bran Nicol
    14. Adapting Holmes Neil McCaw
    15. Neo-Holmesian fiction Catherine Wynne
    16. Sherlockian fandom Roberta Pearson
    Further reading

  • Editors

    Janice M. Allan, University of Salford
    Janice M. Allan is Associate Dean Academic, at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford. She has published widely on nineteenth-century popular fiction as well as constructions of gender and literary value and is Executive Editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.

    Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth
    Christopher Pittard is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth. He is the author of Purity and Contamination in Late Victorian Detective Fiction (2011), and numerous articles and chapters on Victorian popular culture and detective fiction.


    Janice M. Allan, Christopher Pittard, Merrick Burrow, Clare Clarke, Stephen Knight, Christine Berberich, Stacy Gillis, Jonathan Cranfield, Stephan Karschay, Jeremy Tambling, Caroline Reitz, Bran Nicol, Neil McCaw, Catherine Wynne, Roberta Pearson

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