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Title: Sherlock's pharmacy : drugs in detective stories, 1860s to 1890s
Author: Kareno, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0001 3595 024X
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 1996
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This work examines the significance of drugs in Victorian stories of detection through a selection of detective fiction published between the years 1860 and 1890. The main purpose of the work is to show how these texts make a specific link between drugs and detection, and use this link to engage themselves in questions concerning reading and the consumption of fiction. I wish to argue, first, that drugs play a significant role in Victorian detective stories as a device to produce a sense of mystery and excitement in these texts. Secondly, I shall hope to show how this is achieved especially by presenting detection as having the drug-like qualities of intoxication and addiction. And thirdly, I shall examine how this particular characterisation of detection evokes a conception of detective fiction as a drug and invites the reader to consider her experience of reading in terms of an experience of drugs. In short, drugs, in these narratives, do not appear as a mere theme or a plot element, but can be seen to affect the very narrative form and structure of the fiction.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Drugs in literature ; Detective and mystery stories 19th century History and criticism ; Private investigators in literature Literature Mass media Performing arts