Additional Pastiches

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All–here are the two additional pastiches for next week.  Here’s the link to “The Things That Shall Come Upon Them,” and you can click here to download “The Singular Habits of Wasps.”

I’m also including “A Study in Emerald” here, though I’m not requiring you to read it.  It’s a much better piece of science fiction than Landis’, so if you’re interested in Sherlockian sci-fi or just want a really good story to read, check it out.

(Note: if you’re not familiar with H.P Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu mythos, you’ll find Gaiman’s story a bit confusing. That’s why it’s not mandatory reading.)

Resource: Sherlockology

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Sherlockology is a wonderful resource for the BBC’s Sherlock series.  Though this is technically a fan site, it has links to tons of useful information (like interviews and behind-the-scenes factoids).  If you’re going to use “A Study in Pink” as your chosen pastiche, this might be a very helpful resource.

IMPORTANT: Syllabus Changes

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As a consequence of the third Snowpocalypse, we need to make some changes to our class syllabus.  Here are the things you need to know in a nutshell:

  1. Your rough draft is now due on Wednesday, March 12th.  The same rough draft requirements apply–your draft needs to be a minimum of two and a half pages, and it does need to have a complete argument even if it’s not finished.
  2. Your second paper is due on Tuesday, March 15th by midnight.  Note that this is not a typical class day; I’m trying to give you a little more time to finish your work because…
  3. I’m canceling the midterm.  Instead, that 5% will roll into your second paper grade.  That means that Paper 2 will be worth 25% of your overall grade, not 20%.

Thus, the syllabus between now and spring break looks like this:

Friday, March 7th:  “The Final Problem” and “The Adventure of the Empty House”

Monday, March 10th:  Finish discussing short stories and introduce pastiches.

Wednesday, March 12th: Rough Draft Workshop.


Unit 2: The Modern Sherlock Holmes

Friday, March 14th: Sherlock Holmes (movie)

Monday, March 17th:  Sherlock Holmes.

***Tuesday, March 18th:  Paper 2 due via BlackBoard by midnight.  

Wednesday, March 19th: Sherlock Holmes

Friday, March 21st: Discuss Sherlock Holmes; Assign Paper 3.

            Homework:  Read Stephen King’s “The Doctor’s Case” on

As always, make sure to let me know if you have any questions.  Otherwise, I’ll see you in class tomorrow.