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Literary Criticism

Abstract/Description

Newspapers function as a Bakhtinian chronotope in George W.M. Reynolds’s The Mysteries of London. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted this usage of newspapers in his Sherlock Holms stories. The chronotope has several features and consequences. The features include an inherent emphasis on physicality, creating a concrete object to embody the ideas of information, communication, and technology; forging a link between newspapers and crime or criminality; and linking newspapers to low-brow and popular culture. These features originate in Reynolds’s work, but are carried over into Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories. They also bring with them consequences. The first is the legitimation of information, regardless of its veracity. The second is creating room for metatextual commentary on newspapers and the stories themselves. Asserting this connection not only allows us to gain insight into the Sherlock Holmes stories, but also challenges and revises the traditional narrative of British detective fiction.

Origin of Submission

more than one of the above

Faculty Involvement

Jamie Horrocks, Dennis Cutchins

Location

3082 JFSB

Start Date

17-3-2016 8:30 AM

End Date

17-3-2016 9:30 AM

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3082 JFSB

Newspapers function as a Bakhtinian chronotope in George W.M. Reynolds’s The Mysteries of London. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted this usage of newspapers in his Sherlock Holms stories. The chronotope has several features and consequences. The features include an inherent emphasis on physicality, creating a concrete object to embody the ideas of information, communication, and technology; forging a link between newspapers and crime or criminality; and linking newspapers to low-brow and popular culture. These features originate in Reynolds’s work, but are carried over into Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories. They also bring with them consequences. The first is the legitimation of information, regardless of its veracity. The second is creating room for metatextual commentary on newspapers and the stories themselves. Asserting this connection not only allows us to gain insight into the Sherlock Holmes stories, but also challenges and revises the traditional narrative of British detective fiction.