CFP: Transformative Works and Cultures Special Issue on Sherlock Holmes


Transformative Works and Cultures Special Issue CFP: SHERLOCK HOLMES

Sherlock Holmes has attracted devoted fans almost since the date of first
publication in 1887.  The oldest still-existing Sherlockian society, the
Baker Street Irregulars, was founded in 1934, while the Sherlock Holmes
Society of London dates from 1951.  More recent additions to the
ever-growing network of organized Sherlock Holmes literary societies
include the formerly all-female Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and fan groups in the media fandom model have arisen, such as the Baker Street
Babes and other online communities. This special issue seeks to engage
both academics and fans in writing about the older, long established
Sherlockian fandom. We welcome papers that address all fandoms of Sherlock Holmes and its adaptations, particularly those that trace the connections and similarities/differences among and between older and newer fandoms.

We welcome submissions dealing with, but not limited to, the following
* Questions of nomenclature, cultural distinction, class, race, gender, and sexuality 
* The role of Sherlockian fandom and the Great Game in fandom history
* Academic histories of Sherlockian fandom, both organized and informal
* Connections between new adaptation-based fandoms and the older fandom
* Fan productions, e.g., pastiche, fan works, and Sherlockian writings on the Canon 
* Influence of intellectual property law and norms on adaptations and fan
* Sherlockian publishing, e.g., MX, Titan, BSI Press or Wessex Press
* Community, e.g., Sherlockians on the Internet or Sherlockian ‘real
world’ gatherings
* Specific national fandoms, e.g., Japanese or Chinese Sherlock Holmes
*Submission guidelines* Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC, is an international peer-reviewed
online Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for
Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons License. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes fan-related topics and to promote dialogue between the academic community and the fan community. TWC accommodates academic articles of varying scope as well as other forms that embrace the technical possibilities of the Web and test the limits of the genre of academic writing.

Theory: Conceptual essays. Peer review, 6,000–8,000 words.
Praxis: Case study essays. Peer review, 5,000–7,000 words.
Symposium: Short commentary. Editorial review, 1,500–2,500 words.

Please visit TWC’s Web site ( for
complete submission guidelines, or e-mail the TWC Editor (editor@

*Contact* Contact guest editor Betsy Rosenbaum and Roberta Pearson with
any questions or inquiries

*Due date* Contributions are due March 1, 2016


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