Queer (mis)recognition in the BBC’s Sherlock

Greer, S. (2015) Queer (mis)recognition in the BBC’s Sherlock. Adaptation, 8(1), pp. 50-67. (doi:10.1093/adaptation/apu039)

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Abstract

This essay considers the representation of sexuality and male intimacy in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ BBC series Sherlock. Noting a contemporary emphasis on visibility as a paradigm for the televisual depiction of non-heterosexual identities, I read Moffat and Gatiss’ adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories in respect of a late Victorian epistemology of knowledge centred on what can be ‘seen’ alongside Eve Sedgwick’s account of the homosocial as a space in which relations between men remain heavily freighted. In doing so, I argue that the broadly post-homophobic cultural space imagined within Sherlock presents new questions for the depiction and reception of same-sex desire and relationships between men.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Greer, Dr Stephen
Authors: Greer, S.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Adaptation
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1755-0637
ISSN (Online):1755-0645

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