A case of Sherlockian identity: Irregulars, feminists, and millennials

Liza Potts

Abstract


This essay describes a study of how fans participate in memory-making activities. I call this activity participatory memory, blending theories from collective memory and participatory culture. Interestingly, while studying spaces of memory for Sherlock Holmes (the Canon) and BBC's Sherlock (2010–), I began to realize that these spaces have much to do with gender, generations, class, and cultural differences that helped regulate (and even segregate) different ways in which people were allowed to participate in the Sherlockian fandom.

Keywords


Fan community; Gender; Generations; <em>Sherlock</em>; Sherlock Holmes

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2017.01150

License URL: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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