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Detective VS Vampire - A Powerbattle: A Narratological Character Study of ‘SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA or the Adventure of the Sanguinary Count’ to Find Underlying Symbolism of Imperialistic Representation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is a narratological character study of Loren. D Estleman’s

novel SHERLOCK HOLMES VS DRACULA ​or the Adventure of the Sanguinary Count.​ The focus of this essay is how Sherlock and Dracula are characterised through Genette’s and Bal’s notions of focalization and description and how, through the additional incorporation of the concept of subtext, it unveils a dichotomy between the two literary figures. By further putting that relationship into historical context, it uncovers a symbolism which reflects imperial influence from the perceived decline of Britain as an empire, where Sherlock comes to symbolise England itself and Dracula an invading ‘other’. This suggests the existence of a covert reason for bringing these two famous (or infamous) characters together in a contemporary rendezvous novel.

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2019. , p. 34
Keywords [en]
Symbolism, Focalization, Subtext, Description, Characterisation, Character, Dichotomy, Imperialism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82442DiVA, id: diva2:1313761
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Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-05-10 Created: 2019-05-06 Last updated: 2019-05-10Bibliographically approved

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