Beyond Sherlock Holmes: An Introduction

  • Lucyna Krawczyk-Żywko


Sherlock Holmes seems to have enjoyed a monopoly on Victorian fictional detection and recent reappearances of other nineteenth-century investigators suggest that audiences are hungry for more. The chapter presents an overview of the continued yet changing presence and appeal of the figure of the Victorian detective, real and fictional, including the appearance of Edgar Allan Poe’s Auguste Dupin (1841) and factual developments, like the establishment of the Detective Department (1842) with its vibrant depictions by Charles Dickens. It explains the ubiquitous absence of Victorian female detectives from the collection and provides possible reasons behind the renaissance of Victorian and Victorian-like sleuths.


Detective fiction Female detectives Male detectives Reimagining Victorian detectives 


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  • Lucyna Krawczyk-Żywko
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  1. 1.University of WarsawWarsawPoland

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