Nation, identity and the fascination with forensic science in Sherlock Holmes and CSI

  title={Nation, identity and the fascination with forensic science in Sherlock Holmes and CSI},
  author={Ellen Burton Harrington},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={365 - 382}
  • E. Harrington
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
Although the popular television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation presents cutting-edge images and laboratory techniques, it reiterates the reassuring ideological message and the glorification of the man of science that typify Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. While the Holmes stories use reassuring, formulaic narratives to consolidate a normative national identity and counter increasing disenchantment with empire, CSI replays a similar sort of procedural detective story to reassure viewers… 

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