Authorship and Authenticity in Sherlock Holmes Pastiches

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Nyqvist , S 2017 , ' Authorship and Authenticity in Sherlock Holmes Pastiches ' , Transformative Works and Cultures , no. 23 . https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2017.0834

Title: Authorship and Authenticity in Sherlock Holmes Pastiches
Author: Nyqvist, Sanna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Transformative Works and Cultures
ISSN: 1941-2258
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/231133
Abstract: Rewritings and adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories are traditionally called pastiches among fandom. This article juxtaposes that established use with the literary critical notion of pastiche as imitation of style, and shows how stylistic affinity to the originals produces complex effects in the imitations. The article identifies two main strands in the pastiches: one that aims to correct the mistakes and fill in the gaps in the original stories, and one that supplements the canon with stories Watson left untold. Balancing among homage, criticism and usurpation, the pastiches comment on the original story-world and its cultural context, and engage in fictions of authorship to account for the apparent inauthenticity of the retellings.
Subject: 6122 Literature studies
detective fiction
pastiche
fan fiction
imitation
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