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Victorian Detective Fiction

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Merrick Burrow

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Victorian Detective Fiction
Critical Perspectives
Sherlock Holmes
"Fagin in the condemned Cell", Oliver Twist, etching, Nov. 1838 {{Creator:George Cruikshank} [public domain] via Wikicommons
By John Thomson (1837-1921) (London Cabmen Uploaded by Fæ) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Wilkie Collins (Internet Archive) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Edgar Allen Poe,

'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1841)
'The Mystery of Marie Rogêt' (1842)
'The Purloined Letter' (1844)
'The Man of the Crowd' (1840)
Eugene-Francois Vidocq
George Newnes
1881: Tit-Bits --> 700,000 by 1900
1891: George Newnes Ltd
Strand Magazine
--> 300,000 - 500,000

The First Detective?
C. Auguste Dupin
Frederic Lix [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
David Henry Friston [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Frank Wiles (http://ignisart.com/camdenhouse/canon/7-vall.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By w:Sidney Paget (Uploading for w:User: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Sidney Paget [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Charles Dickens,
Oliver Twist
Newgate Novel
Sensation Novel
Fergus Hume
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
Popular Detective Fiction
By my own screen capture (The Maltese Falcon DVD, 1941 public domain trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile
By Fig wright (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
'The Purloined Letter' (1844)
Daniel Urrabieta Vierge [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1841)
By Artist unidentified (Google Books) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
'The Mystery of Marie Rogêt' (1842)
Tableau synoptique des traits physonomiques 2 (1893) Creator: Alphonse Bertillon [public domain] via Flickr
By Francis Galton (Internet Archive) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Leslie Ward [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Mortimer, James, M.R.C.S., 1882, Grimpen, Dartmoor, Devon. House-surgeon, from 1882 to 1884, at Charing Cross Hospital. Winner of the Jackson Prize for
Comparative Pathology
, with essay entitled
“Is Disease a Reversion?”
Corresponding member of the Swedish Pathological Society. Author of
“Some Freaks of Atavism”
(Lancet, 1882),
“Do We Progress?”
(Journal of Psychology, March, 1883). Medical Officer for the parishes of Grimpen, Thorsley, and High Barrow.
By D. H. Friston (1820–1906) Uploaded by Jack1956 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By unklar [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Frederic W.H. Myers
Continuing themes
Publishing context & Genre
Pathologised identities
Scientific & pseudoscientific theories
Popular print culture and the literature of modern life
What is distinctive about it?
Where did it come from?
Origins & Development
Science & pseudoscience
Publishing context
Sherlock Holmes
Conclusion: thematic continuities
By Photo d'identité sans auteur, 1928 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Étienne Carjat [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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