CFP: [Victorian] Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: Their Cultural Afterlives

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Catherine Wynne
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CFP: Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes:
Their Cultural Afterlives

Date: 4 July 2009
Location: Derwent Building, University of Hull

Keynote speaker: Prof. Clive Bloom

2009 will see the 150th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth. On 4
July 2009 the Department of English and the Centre for Popular Cultures
at the University of Hull will host a one-day conference devoted to the
cultural afterlives of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. With
Sherlock Holmes, Doyle gave magnificent impetus to the tradition of crime
fiction. He also constructed a central figure for modernity, an amalgam
of detective, scientist and artist, rationalist and gothic figure that
has dominated popular imagination.
We are interested in the way that Sherlock Holmes as an iconic figure
continues to inspire a range of narratives, crossing high and low
cultures. Increasingly, Holmes and fictionalized versions of Doyle make
appearances in literature, drama, television and cinema but also in
graphic novels and computer games. Moreover, we hope that the conference
will derive some impetus from Doyle’s own troubled relationship with his
creation and the cross-over between history and fictional biography.
This one-day conference will focus on the afterlives of Holmes and Doyle,
as they are remodelled and repackaged for new audiences and new
historical contexts.

Possible topics include but are not restricted to:
• Literary recuperations of Doyle and Holmes (Mark Haddon, Julian
Barnes, Michael Chabon)
• Theatrical and cinematic versions of Holmes stories (Arthur
Wontner, Basil Rathbone)
• Holmes and Doyle in radio, television, graphic novels (The League
of Extraordinary Gentlemen), and art (Sidney Paget, Fredric Dorr Steele),
• Doyle’s journalism and public campaigns (Edalji, Slater,
Casement, Doyle at war)
• Doyle and Real Crime
• Influences on popular culture, Holmes at the start of a crime
fiction tradition
• The Sherlock Holmes Society, the Baker Street Irregulars
• Feminist revisions of Holmes (Laurie King; Carole Nelson Douglas)
• Holmes and Watson and their relationship with ‘reality’, Holmes
and Watson as ‘real’ people, Holmes tourism
• Holmes in cyberspace: Sherlock Holmes on the internet, computer
• Holmes in science, technology and forensics
• Spiritualism, the Cottingley fairies
• Holmes as an icon of Englishness
• Sherlock Holmes and Europe, Holmes and travel, the globalized

Submission guidelines: Please email an abstract of 250 words for a twenty-
minute paper to Dr Catherine Wynne ( AND Dr Sabine
Vanacker ( by 1 February 2009. Please insert your
contact details at the end of the abstract.

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