FAH-DENG Guest Lecture: “SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPIRITS” by Prof. Douglas Kerr, University of Hong Kong, China


25 Nov 2015





Arthur Conan Doyle invented one of the most successful literary characters ever created. Holmes is brilliant, cerebral, scientific. His creator too trained as a scientist, but he was also a romantic and a critic of materialism. He responded generously to the world about him, frequently campaigning against injustices. Popular and respected, he wrote crime and horror stories, historical and science fiction. Yet many came to think of him as a gullible old fool, a fervent spiritualist who believed in communication with the dead and in the authenticity of photographs of fairies. This talk unravels some of the paradoxes surrounding the most famous crime writer of them all. 


Douglas Kerr is a professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, and a former Dean of Arts. He studied at the universities of Cambridge and Warwick, went to Hong Kong in 1979, and has been teaching literary studies there ever since. His scholarly work as a literary historian has been in the areas of modern, modernist, and late-Victorian writing. His most recent book, published by Oxford University Press, is Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice.


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