Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four

Towheed, Shafquat (2011). Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four. In: Watson, Nicola J. and Towheed, Shafquat eds. Romantics and Victorians. Reading and Studying Literature (2). London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 411–437.



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The second volume in the Reading and Studying Literature series, co-published with the Open University, introduces students to European romanticism and Victorian culture. Each period is discussed in terms of an overarching theme, providing a clear focus for study and discussion and introducing readers to an important theoretical concept in literary studies. European romanticism is approached through a consideration of the evolution of the idea of the romantic author and the romantic inner life, using readings from Wordsworth on Grasmere, Shelley lyric poetry and Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater. The book goes on to explore Victorian culture through a reading of ideas of 'home' and 'abroad', in the work of Emily Bronte, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson. The featured theoretical concept of this volume is 'the author'.

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  • 32953
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  • 1-84966-623-7, 978-1-84966-623-7
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  • About the book:
    Romantics and Victorians charts the development of English literature from c.1789-1901, focusing particularly on the idea of the Romantic inner life, and the relationship between domesticity and empire in the Victorian age. Covering a wide range of authors (Wordsworth, Shelley, De Quincey, Hoffmann, Brontë, Doyle and Stevenson) and closely reading texts ranging from lyric poetry to detective fiction, this book provides a stimulating account of literature in the nineteenth-century when the British overseas empire expanded inexorably, even while ideas about individual liberty were taking hold at home.

    'This book takes the reader not just to some of the key texts of the Romantic and Victorian periods, but also to the places that inspired them...a practical book which is theoretically sophisticated but which wears its learning lightly and elegantly'. Clare Pettitt, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, Kings College London

    'This admirably written and edited volume offers students an appealing, state-of-the-art introduction to male-authored Romanticism and ideas of the self, and the complex relationship of Victorian writers, both men and women, to concepts of 'home' and 'abroad' in a cosmopolitan and imperial age'. Cora Kaplan, Honorary Professor in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Keywords
  • nineteenth-century English Literature; literature of the Romantic Period, c.1789-1837; Victorian literature and culture, c.1837-1901; home; romanticism; imperialism; William Wordsworth; Emily Brontë; Robert Louis Stevenson; Great Britain; Lake District; Yorkshire Moors; London; Edinburgh; India; The Pacific
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  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
  • Research Group
  • Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group (PGL)
    History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
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  • © 2012 The Open University
  • Depositing User
  • Shafquat Towheed