Sherlock Holmes in Context

  • Sam Naidu

Part of the Crime Files book series

About this book


This collection of inter-disciplinary essays serves to situate the original Sherlock Holmes, and his various adaptations, in a contemporary cultural context. This book 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.


Arthur Conan Doyle literary adaptation popular culture genre fiction crime fiction contemporary culture postmodern intertextuality neo-Victorian fiction The Hound of the Baskervilles Mrs Hudson Professor George Edward Challenger BBC television adaptation

Editors and affiliations

  • Sam Naidu
    • 1
  1. 1.Rhodes University GrahamstownSouth Africa

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