Literature: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells

Ref: C3533106

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of the first twelve ‘Holmes’ short stories originally published in the Strand magazine between 1891 and 1892. We will read a selection of these stories to establish the introduction of arguably the most famous fictional detective. Our readings will probe deeper into the stories and in addition to discussing the genre of detective fiction; we will consider the significance of context by exploring issues relevant in late Victorian society. These will include the representations of crime and criminality, the depiction of gender roles and the significance of Englishness.

Course aim

To explore the significance of social and historical context in Sherlock Holmes stories.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way.
  • Consider a selection of Sherlock Holmes stories within the genre of detective fiction.
  • Explore representations of crime and criminality.
  • Discuss representations of gender and Englishness in the set texts.
  • Participate in group discussion.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of these stories may be available free online.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Literature: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells

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