Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations
October 21st, 2015 by Aldouspi

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The 21st century is a good time to be Sherlock Holmes. He stars in the recent Guy Ritchie films, with Robert Downey, Jr., playing the great detective; an internationally popular BBC television series, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock; 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 video games, comic books, and fan-created works, plus a potent Internet and social media presence. Holmes' London has even 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. Why we continue to be fascinated with them is the overall topic. The genius detective has been portrayed as hero as well as antihero. Adaptations describe him as tech savvy, scientifically detached, even psychologically aberrant; he has been romantically linked to The Woman and bromantically to Watson. Whether Victorian or modern, he continues to intrigue us. These essays analyze Sherlock Holmes as a cultural icon and explain why he is destined to be a beloved if controversial character for years to come.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786468408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786468409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

... in the way of Elementary and some of the excellent novels (A Slight Trick of the Mind

 on April 25, 2015
By Frank Love
A bit narrow in focus as it doesn't cover much in the way of Elementary and some of the excellent novels (A Slight Trick of the Mind, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, The Final Solution) that have come out. Nevertheless, some excellent essays.

fantastic collection!

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 28, 2013
By ilikeotters
This collection is great for scholarly use, writing college or high school papers, but it's also really interesting to read for fun. I only needed one essay for my paper but I ended up reading the whole book because it was really good.

Four Stars

 on June 29, 2014
By Michael Bessell
Apart from being super interesting, it is superb teaching aid.

A great book for any scholar or fan!

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 21, 2013
By Joanna Owen
I bought this book for an essay I was writing for one of my theory classes. It comes with a wide variety of essays that covers different theories, topics, and adaptations. I found even the essays I wasn't using for my paper very interesting!

Intelligent and enquiring

6 people found this helpful.
 on June 15, 2013
By Ye Olde Ed
"Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century" puts the excellent BBC TV series "Sherlock" and Guy Ritchie's phenomenally successful cinema films under the microscope, but the papers are not limited to screen adaptations of Holmes. One considers his influence on the image of the scientific detective (in the series "Bones", not shown on a major UK channel), and others look at recent attempts to write new stories, by Laurie King, Anthony Horowitz and others - but not, oddly, Andrew Lane - and, perhaps more interesting, new fiction inspired by Holmes but not actually about him, such as Steve Hockensmith's tales of Big Red and Old Red. Essays that particularly appeal to me are those dealing with "cinematic tourism" in London, and the sometimes curious editing that Sherlock undergoes to render it acceptable to American viewers.

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