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Sherlock Holmes. From Victorian Detective to Pop Cultural Icon (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 5.311 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Sherlock Holmes is doubtlessly the most famous and popular detective literature has ever produced. First appearing in the story A Study in Scarlet, in 1887 and subsequently featuring in four novels and 56 short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, he has since been adapted into every possible medium, as well as being the subject of countless prequels and sequels. In this seminar we will engage with the Victorian Sherlock Homes and the beginnings of the detective genre, looking at the images of modernity and modern science the stories present as well as the role of gender and race in them. We will look at a selection from the vast number of adaptations– including the film about the aged detective, Mr. Holmes (2015) and, of course, the BBC series „Sherlock“ (with Benedict Cumberbatch) which not only refers to the canon but takes different elements from it, transports them into our digital age and gives them a new, postmodern, twist. In the seminar we will engage with theories of adaptation and intertextuality and will ultimately try to identify the reasons for the perennial popularity of this iconic figure.