Mythgard Institute: Join Dr. Amy Sturgis for a Not-So Elementary Class — ‘Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination’

Attention Sherlockians of every stripe, and everyone else who like to unravel, deduce, detect, and ponder! The good folks over at the Mythgard Institute are currently recruiting students from around the world to join the amazing Dr. Amy Sturgis for Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination, a course that is bound to spark insights, conversation, and briliant deductions! Here is the official description of the course:

The intellectual sibling of science fiction, born of the same parents (the Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revolution), is what its father, Edgar Allan Poe, called “tales of ratiocination.” Poe created the first scientific detective, C. Auguste Dupin, who in turn paved the way for one of the most enduring and beloved literary characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes. This course focuses on Poe and Conan Doyle and how their works blended scientific method, mystery, and imagination to create the modern literature of detection. Students will consider why Sherlock Holmes remains an often revisited and reinterpreted character with remarkable resonance in our own time, and how the genre he helped to create and the literary descendants he inspired continue to question the idea of order in our universe and how we know what we (think we) know.

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I am, myself, an unabashed fan of Sherlock, and not just because my historian husband, who reads hardly any fiction (with Harry being the noted exception) adores all the Sherlock stories. Dr. Sturgis’s class promises to be a fascinating literary exploration that follows Holmes’s origins and his impact, all the way up to the current BBC incarnation, the third season of which I await with baited breath. Whether your Holmes of choice is Rathbone, Cumberbatch (also known as Smaug, poor Martin Freeman can’t get away, can he?), Downey, or even Mr. Data from Star Trek, you’ll have an unforgettable experience in this (or any, really) class from Mythgard!

Now, the only mystery is how to clone myself so I can audit this class!

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