Addiction, Empire, and Narrative in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of the Four

Keep, Christopher; Randall, Don
March 1999
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Spring99, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p207
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Relates the book `The Sign of the Four,' by Conan Doyle, with the image of Great Britain as an empire and an exporter of addictive substances. What the fictitious character Sherlock Holmes represents; Impact of cocaine in medicine and Europe's colonial enterprise; Views of writer Jacques Derrida on the drug pharmakon.


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