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The speckled band

  1. 1. a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Canon DoyleRuprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergAnglistisches SeminarProseminar I LiteraturwissenschaftContemporary British andAmerican Crime FictionWS 2012/2013Leitung: Alexander Schindler, M.A.Referentin: Lea MatuschkaDatum: 24.10.12
  2. 2. - Was published in Strand Magazine, a very influential Newspaper at the time, from 1892 – 1927 • born 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland • mostly known for his Detective series surrounding Sherlock Holmes• developed crime fiction into a series • as such he is the developer of the “epic single-hero short-story series”
  3. 3. - Was published in Strand Magazine, a very influential Newspaper at the time, from 1892 – 1927 - Was illustrated by Sidney Paget • born 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotlan d • mostly known for his Detective series surrounding Sherlock Sherlock Holmes Holmes By Sidney Paget• developed crime fiction into a series • as such he is the developer of the “epic single-hero short-story series”
  4. 4. - Was published in Strand Magazine, a very influential Newspaper at the time, from 1892 – 1927 - Was illustrated by Sidney Paget - Doyle stuck to a very similar build-up within all of his stories – he used a fixed structure. • born 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotlan d • mostly known for his Detective series surrounding Sherlock Holmes• developed crime fiction into a series • as such he is the developer of the “epic single-hero short-story series”
  5. 5. - Was published in Strand Magazine, a very influential Newspaper at the time, from 1892 – 1927 - Was illustrated by Sidney Paget - Doyle stuck to a very similar build-up within all of his stories – he used a fixed structure. - Holmes is a eccentric mastermind of a detective who uses his transcendent analytical abilities and rational • born 22 May 1859 at 11 thinking to solve his cases. Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland • mostly known for his Detective series surrounding Sherlock Holmes• developed crime fiction into a series • as such he is the developer of the “epic single-hero short-story series”
  6. 6. - Was published in Strand Magazine, a very influential Newspaper at the time, from 1892 – 1927 - Was illustrated by Sidney Paget - Doyle stuck to a very similar build-up within all of his stories – he used a fixed structure. - Holmes is a eccentric mastermind of a detective who uses his transcendent analytical abilities and rational • born 22 May 1859 at 11 thinking to solve his cases. Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotlan - Doyle himself has referred to „The Speckled Band“ as d his favorite story. • mostly known for his Detective series surrounding Sherlock Holmes• developed crime fiction into a series • as such he is the developer of the “epic single-hero short-story series”
  7. 7. - Helen Stoner approaches Sherlock Holmes- Miss Stoner is in fear of her life as she is experiencing the same circumstances as her late twin sister shortly before her death- Holmes investigates but is warned off by her violent stepfather- Holmes and Watson investigate and soon find the cause of her sisters death and eliminate the threat to her.
  8. 8. - Homodiegetic Narration- A homodiegtic narrator is a character in the narrated world that s/he describes.- > The stories are told by Watson in a first-person narration.
  9. 9. - Holmes and the villain of the story, in this case Roylott, as opposing forces  Roylott twists the poker, Holmes straightens it out  Holmes is countering and reversing Roylotts actions- This is typical for detective stories.
  10. 10. - The other paradigm is the notion of retaliation by repetition (tit-for-tat)- Roylott is killed by his own snake and dies a death he had chosen for both of his step-daughter This is very different to contemporary crime fiction, where instead of retaliation the criminals are handed over to the law.
  11. 11. Critical Assessment The Snake:of this story is very - The so calles Swamp Adder does notinteresting because existthe Holmes storiesare in general built - No animal could survive in anon a very deep airtight safefoundation of - Snakes can only climb up solidknowledge and thescientific facts are surfaces, climbing a rope would beusually correct. It is virtually impossibleastounding that in - Snakes don’t have ears – calling thehis self-proclaimedfavorite story Doyle snake back through a low whistle iswould have such a not possiblelapse in information.
  12. 12. - Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Speckled Band. Manchester, England: World International, 1986. Print- Hodgson, John A. (Hg.) Sherlock Holmes: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays. Boston et al.: Bedford of St. Martin’s Press 1994- Sklovskij, Viktor. “Die Kriminalerzählung bei Arthur Conan Doyle” Der Kriminalroman: Poetik: Theorie: Geschichte. By Jochen Vogt. München: W. Fink, 1998. 143-153. Print- Strasen, Sven und Wenzel, Peter. “Die Detektivgeschichte im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert”. In: Arno Löffler und Arberhard Späth (Hgg.). Geschichte der englischen Kurzgeschichte. Tübingen et al.: Francke 2005, 84-105

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