¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 This collection will examine the BBC’s recent televisual reincarnation of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock. The essays in this volume will collectively paint a picture of Sherlock Holmes as an evolving transmedia figure, at the center of myriad cultural intersections and diverse representational and fan traditions. Essays will consider the literary, media, and reception histories informing Sherlock, the industrial and cultural contexts of Sherlock’s release, the text of Sherlock itself as adaptation and transformative work, and Sherlock’s critical and popular reception.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 This collection’s investigation of Sherlock and its reception gives insight into not only the BBC series itself, but also into its literary source, and with it, the cultural and international resonance of the Victorian detective and his trusted sidekick. With only one series aired so far (BBC 2010), the show succeeds in looking forward and backward at the same time: staying close to Doyle’s canon and its sense of history while at the same time looking forward with a 21st century sensibility and the promise of more adventures in the future.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 As such, studying the latest incarnation of arguably the oldest of media fandoms also allows us to look at the relationship between different fan traditions and reception cultures. Fan studies has long sidestepped investigation of the impact of Sherlock Holmes fandom on the evolution of fan communities and fan engagement; Sherlock promises a compelling contemporary route to bridge this gap. It is our intention that this collection will contribute to both long-standing conversations about Holmes as a literary and cultural figure and to current and long-standing debates in fan studies.