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In Bed with Sherlock Holmes: Sexual Elements in Arthur Conan Doyle's Stories of the Great Detective

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In Bed with Sherlock Holmes provides a witty and well-researched discussion of the sexual elements in the Sherlock holmes stories, and in Conan Doyle's own life. An expert commentator on all things Victorian, Doyle also reflects that period's attitudes toward sex and erotic love. This commentary will make the Sherlock Holmes stories even more interesting and intriguing sin ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 2nd 2002 by Dundurn (first published September 1984)
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Laura Dam
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sherlockiana
A bit repetitive, though very interesting.
Heather
Real Rating: 2.5

This book has given me a lot of food for thought and provided a number of useful resources and ideas that I'm excited to explore further in my research, so I'm glad I stumbled on it! For me, the most useful parts were the ideas about "The Illustrious Client" and examining female characters that Sherlock Holmes encounters as "damsels in distress." I'll definitely be relying on some of those quotes in the future. :)

Other reviewers have noted the poor presentation of gayness in this
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Rozonda
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent book, but, as other readers said, could do with a revision. The author deals with homosexuality almost as a deviation, putting it into the same chapter as Freudian perversions and obsessions. It's right to think that Holmes wasn't gay (though the ambiguity of not knowing if he was or not enriches the character- an example is BBC Sherlock's series)but labeling the theory as morbid, pornographic and unpleasant is going a bit too far. I understand this book was written in the 80s and r ...more
Deb
Jun 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sherlock
Tiresomely heteronormative. Redmond actually writes at the beginning of the penultimate chapter (the only one that mentions homosexuality) that "The sexual activities and motives discussed so far have been heterosexual. One would not call them all normal, extending as they do to rape, flagellation, and other antisocial behaviour, but they are all derived from the originally normal attraction of men for women and women for men." THE ORIGINALLY NORMAL ATTRACTION OF MEN FOR WOMEN AND WOMEN FOR MEN! ...more
Joanna
May 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Could do for a revision. Readings seem a bit outdated (book is from the 80s). A bit too Freudian for my liking as well. The chapter on homosexuality read like the author had never met a gay person is his life.
Lumsden
Jun 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
The author quested deeply for sexual themes that may or may not have been subconscious undertones but were never considered by Arthur Conan Doyle. The book sounded like a cheap desperate effort at producing a master's thesis.
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