9-13 lecture Doyle

9-13 lecture Doyle - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Doctor,...

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Doctor, writer, imperialist, spiritualist Sherlock Holmes: 56 stories, 4 novels First writings on Holmes appeared 1887. 1891: Doyle started to publish the stories in the Strand , bringing Holmes to large middle-class urban-oriented audience “Death” of Holmes in 1893—public outcry led Doyle to bring him back in 1901. Holmes’s method—nothing supernatural: critical thinking --a rational method for an irrational time (remember the image of the fog) --unsettling time: rapidly changing London --economic growth/upheavals --London as center of international trade, & thus more “foreign” --urban sprawl/ rise in crime --highly publicized crimes like the Jack the Ripper murders (1888) helped boost Holmes’s popularity Often argued about detective fiction that it boosts the established order, demonstrating the triumph of legality and bourgeois values (Doyle: "the age of fiction is coming—the age when religious and social and political changes will all be effected by means of the novelist. To get an idea to penetrate to the masses of the people, you must put fiction around it, like sugar round a pill.” (1894 interview)
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Certainly in Holmes’s method we see this underscored: criminality defeated by triumph of reason “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League”—the seemingly bizarre explained away (The triumph of reason over superstition emphasized especially in The Hound of the Baskervilles , 1901) Tied, as we saw in Mayhew, to a kind of categorical logic “by a man’s finger-nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENGL 283 taught by Professor Geiskes during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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