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'A Study in Sherlock Holmes : tales of humanisation' by Dr John Watson

Abstract : Sherlock Holmes is considered here from the perspective of the ethological study done by doctor Watson, whose protean status and ambivalent relationship to the detective to whom he is the chronicler, the friend, the sidekick, the psychiatrist all at once, and sometimes even an extension of his own self, govern the genesis of the fictional tapestry offered to the reader’s eyes. Vision plays here a central part and inscribes itself as the fundamentally empiricist foundation of the detection which controls the narrative structure. The Watsonian intermediary, as the detective’s first reader and transmitter of the fictional through his status as the narrator, comes into conflict with his condition as a character, and is equally blurred in those moments in which he seems to become an integral part of the detective. Lastly, the anatomy of the Holmesian mind and its ambiguous relationship to crime, considered from a pathological standpoint allows the reversal of the roles of the detective and the doctor.
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Ysaline Rossi. 'A Study in Sherlock Holmes : tales of humanisation' by Dr John Watson. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2021. ⟨dumas-03408518⟩



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