Friday, 8 June 2012

Queering Sherlock Holmes

I know, right? I can practically see the eyes rolling. "Pick something difficult!" the people cry. "Set yourself a challenge."

Face it, Holmes and Watson have been done to death. I know it, you know it, we all know it. 'Nuff said, right? Wrong. Because I was involved in a discussion on a forum recently that suggests that actually most people don't know what's queer about them at all. It's like received wisdom: everyone sniggers and says they're a couple, ergo they must be. But most people couldn't tell you why. Here's what someone actually said to me about the Holmes canon:

I could be made to believe there is a romance relationship subtext to S and W but I have never read the stories looking for the "clues" to that before...and having no knowledge of the cultural hints of the period I bet I'd miss it all even if I was looking for it. Though obviously, I've heard the claim made before, just never substantiated.

Well fret no more, and allow me to substantiate away...

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