Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations

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Lynnette Porter
McFarland, Jul 30, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
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The 21st century is a good time to be Sherlock Holmes. He stars in the Guy Ritchie films, with Robert Downey, Jr.; an internationally popular BBC television series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch; a novel sanctioned by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate; and dozens of additional novels and short stories, including two by Neil Gaiman. Add to this the videogames, comic books, and fan-created works, plus a potent Internet and social media presence. Holmes' London has become a prime destination for cinematic tourists. The evidence is clearly laid out in this collection of 14 new essays: Holmes and Watson are more popular than ever. The detective has been portrayed as hero, and antihero. He's tech savvy, and scientifically detached--even psychologically aberrant. He has been romantically linked to The Woman and bromantically to Watson. Whether Victorian or modern, he continues to fascinate. These essays explain why he is destined to be with us for years to come.
 

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Contents

In Search of the Real Sherlock Holmes
1
Subtext and Sexuality in the BBCs Sherlock Carlen Lavigne
13
2 Sex and the Single Sleuth Anissa M Graham and Jennifer C Garlen
24
Robert Downey Jrs Queer Paratexts Kayley Thomas
35
Civilizing the Sociopath April Toadvine
48
ReDeConstructing the Detective as Hero Francesca M Marinaro and Kayley Thomas
65
The Modern Adaptation and Recreation Ana E La Paz
81
Holmesian Shapeshifting Rhonda Harris Taylor
93
The BBCs Digital Native Rhonda Harris Taylor
128
10 Detecting the Technocratic Detective Svetlana Bochman
144
11 Investigating Victorian Propriety in Money Matters Svetlana Bochman
155
The Role of the Cinematic Tourist Lynnette Porter
164
The House of Silk Lynnette Porter
181
Neil Gaimans AwardWinning Pastiches Lynnette Porter
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About the Contributors
203
Index
205

The Americanization of Sherlock Holmes Lynnette Porter
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Lynnette Porter teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has written several books about television and film.

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