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"You are the one fixed point in a changing age"

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Date Issued:
2010
Summary:
Sherlock Holmes has been popular in Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912), but no critic has yet connected Holmes and the protagonist of the recent graphic novel Death Note (2003-2006). While American detective fiction has defined itself somewhat in opposition to Arthur Conan Doyle, Japan embraced Sherlock Holmes and created a series of detectives modeled on the English icon. These characters live and work in Japan, but they are never more than Japanese versions of an English original. Although Japan has a long history of adaptations and translations of Doyle's writings, no Japanese character has exemplified Holmes as fully as L, the protagonist of Death Note. While L is clearly similar to Holmes, he also blends English and Japanese characteristics in a way that no Japanese detective figure before him managed to do, and thus becomes the first quintessentially Japanese Sherlock Holmes.
Title: "You are the one fixed point in a changing age": the immortality of Sherlock Holmes in Japan.
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Alternative Title: "You are the one fixed point in a changing world".
Name(s): Chick, Amanda.
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: multipart monograph
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: vi, 60 p. : ill. (some col.)
Language(s): English
Summary: Sherlock Holmes has been popular in Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912), but no critic has yet connected Holmes and the protagonist of the recent graphic novel Death Note (2003-2006). While American detective fiction has defined itself somewhat in opposition to Arthur Conan Doyle, Japan embraced Sherlock Holmes and created a series of detectives modeled on the English icon. These characters live and work in Japan, but they are never more than Japanese versions of an English original. Although Japan has a long history of adaptations and translations of Doyle's writings, no Japanese character has exemplified Holmes as fully as L, the protagonist of Death Note. While L is clearly similar to Holmes, he also blends English and Japanese characteristics in a way that no Japanese detective figure before him managed to do, and thus becomes the first quintessentially Japanese Sherlock Holmes.
Identifier: 779183474 (oclc), 3334249 (digitool), FADT3334249 (IID), fau:1388 (fedora)
Note(s): by Amanda Chick.
Abstract title has the word "world" instead of "age".
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2010.
Includes bibliography.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2010. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930
Immortality in literature
Detective and mystery stories, Japanese -- Criticism and interpretation
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Appreciation -- Japan
Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious character) -- Appreciation -- Japan
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