Dogs, detectives and the famous Sherlock Holmes
Mason, Emma. (2008) Dogs, detectives and the famous Sherlock Holmes. International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol.11 (No.3). pp. 289-300. ISSN 1367-8779Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877908092586
The celebrity of Sherlock Holmes is almost universally signified through the iconic silhouetted image of a deerstalker hat and smoking pipe, one that secures his fame as a popular detective from the Victorian period to our own. Despite his aloof and sometimes prickly behaviour on the page, Holmes remains a favourite with a diverse group of audiences, instantly likeable to his contemporary readers. This article will connect the fond regard in which Holmes' character was held in the nineteenth century to the detective's relationship with dogs. Using Donna Haraway's recent theorization of dogs as 'companion species' in her manifesto on otherness, the article will suggest that the Victorians regarded Holmes' sleuthing fame as inseparable from his respect for animal otherness, one with which he is identified throughout Conan Doyle's stories. In this respect, I argue, Holmes is a hudographical detective, his crime-solving powers rooted in his relationship with and to dogs.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Cultural Studies|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 289-300|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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