Here is your last and final assignment for the semester. For this paper, you’ll be covering your beat in both the Sherlock Holmes stories and retellings. There is lots more information in your assignment sheet, which you can access by clicking here.
This is the last paper of the semester, so you’ll want to keep the following due dates in mind:
- Last day to create your own topic: April 23rd
- Last day to conference over a full draft: April 27th
- Rough draft due: April 28th
- Final draft due: May 2nd by midnight
Obviously, The Sherlockian argues that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was more than an author; he was a detective in his own right. Although this novel is fictitious we know Conan Doyle really did work with Scotland Yard occasionally. The author of the blog Probaway–Life Hacks suggests Conan Doyle might have moonlit in a much darker arena–murder. This article offers an interesting (though not particularly well-written) argument that the infamous Jack the Ripper was none other than Conan Doyle himself!
“The Sussex Vampire” is an original Holmsian story, but acclaimed novelist and writer Warren Ellis has adapted it into a long-form graphic novel. You can learn more about the pastiche by clicking here.
For this assignment, you’ll be reading a new short story adaptation that we haven’t covered in class and reviewing it. There are lots of collections to choose from, but I’m making two available for you. The first is a digital collection, and I’ve provided a link to it in the assignment handout. I have the second book, A Study in Sherlock, in my office; you’re more than welcome to browse through it and photocopy a short story you’d like to use.
You can check out the requirements for the assignment by clicking here. Completing this will add up to five points to your third paper grade, and like the others, must be turned in by midnight on May 2nd.
Note: There are lots of novel-length adaptations out there, too. I’m not requiring that you use one, but if you’ve already read something like The Sherlockian, Silent in the Grave, or House of Silk and want to review it for this assignment, let me know.
For this assignment, you’ll be reading and reviewing an original short story that we haven’t covered in class. This can be any short story of your choosing as long as it was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Feel free to choose a story from one of the two collections you’ve downloaded for class, though a later work would be fine, too.
You’ll be analyzing one of the themes of your chosen short story, just like you did for your first and second paper assignments. It’s pretty straightforward, but make sure to check out the assignment sheet for further details.
Completing this extra credit assignment will add up to five points to your second paper grade. Like the others, it’s due by midnight on May 2nd.
Completing this assignment will add up to ten points to your lowest web article grade. Also note that like the rest of the extra credit assignments, this is due no later than midnight on May 2nd.
For this assignment, you’ll review a sequel or additional episode of an adaptation we’ve dealt with in class. That means you can use the following works:
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Not only will you summarize and review the additional work, you’ll need to explain how this additional piece fits into the adaptation as a whole. For further instructions, take a look at the assignment sheet.
Your first opportunity for extra credit can replace up to two exercise grades. Your task will be to evaluate a new film adaptation that we haven’t covered in class. This can be anything from any age as long as it is not Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows or another episode from Elementary, Psych, or Sherlock.
You can get all the particulars of the assignment by downloading a .pdf of the assignment sheet. Note that this will be due by midnight on May 2nd via SafeAssign.
For those of you watching the BBC’s Sherlock, you’ll remember that Sherlock forces Mycroft to watch musicals with his parents in episode three. Well, the clever people at The Toast have imagined Sherlock’s reviews of said plays, and they are hilarious. (I personally sympathize with his opinion about Cats. That’s exactly how I feel).
In keeping with our science fiction pastiches, it’s worth mentioning a short-lived cartoon series that featured a reanimated Sherlock Holmes and his cyborg sidekick, Watson.