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(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes

Presented by Dr. Ann McClellan of Plymouth State University

Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Ticket Price $10.00 per person

The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages; over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Ir-regulars, wrote articles sussing out the ‘sources’ of Doyle’s works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. But why? Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular?

This presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.

About the Speaker

Ann McClellan is professor of English at Plymouth State University where she teach-es classes in 19th and 20th century British Literature. She is the author of How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel as well as several national and international articles on writers like Virginia Woolf, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jeannette Winterson. Her current project is on fan culture and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes

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