The Archontic Holmes: Understanding adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories in the context of Jacques Derrida's “Archive”

  • Suzanne R. Black University of Edinburgh


A consideration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories and their subsequent adaptations reveals a complex web of interdependency, which is in keeping with Jacques Derrida's concept of the archive, and can be extended to describe the functions and relations of all texts, not just those that claim explicit inter-relations.

Author Biography

Suzanne R. Black, University of Edinburgh
Having just completed the MSc Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the Present at the University of Edinburgh, for which she submitted a dissertation titled “Adaptation, Identification and Desire in Internet Fanfiction”, Suzanne is pursuing research interests in fan studies, feminist literary theory, poststructuralism and queer theory with a view to applying for a PhD.
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