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Loose Canons - Exploring the World of Sherlock Holmes Pastiches

Sherlock Holmes seems to be more popular than ever. Whether as cool action hero, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., or as "high-functioning sociopath," embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch, Holmes is COOL. The character is updated, the story lines are timely, and there is still plenty of Conan Doyle's original spirit in these pastiches to enthuse both old and new fans. This course will explore not only the most recent movie and TV versions of Holmes but also the vast universe of pastiche writings. Whether short or long, published as hardcopies or e-books, set in the original era or magically transfered into modern times, connected to historical figures or literary icons, Sherlock Holmes pastiches present untold hours of reading pleasure. In this course we will explore a small corner of this rather loose and open Holmes canon. We will read together, share our impressions, and maybe sketch out our own pastiche.

Suggested Reading: Participants can prepare for the course by exploring the world of Sherlock Holmes pastiches on Amazon. Fans should bring their own favorite stories, novellas, or novels to share with the entire group.

Instructor: Elisabeth Gumnior is associate professor of writing and rhetoric at James Madison University. She is currently researching Sherlock Holmes pastiches originating in Russia, Japan, Brazil and other international locales.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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