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In the Company of StrangersFamily and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce, and Proust$
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Barry McCrea

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157636

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157636.001.0001

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Holmes at Home

Holmes at Home

(p.67) 2 Holmes at Home
In the Company of Strangers

Barry McCrea

Columbia University Press

This chapter continues the discussion from the preceding chapter regarding the competition between the genealogy and its queer rivals, as it is central to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Whether or not Holmes is read as gay, his shared space with Watson and Mrs. Hudson at 221B Baker Street constitutes an alternative family, one incapable of genealogical reproduction. Holmes's living arrangements set him starkly apart from the genealogical families whose interests he is employed to protect; in narrative terms, his bachelor household, the fruit of a random encounter in the city, is the structuring center of the stories, biologically sterile but narratively productive.

Keywords:   Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Mrs. Hudson, 221B Baker Street, genealogy, queer rivals, alternative family, household

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