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Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice


Professor Douglas Kerr


Dr. Evelyn Chan (Department of English, CUHK)


6 March 2014 (Thursday)


7:15 - 9:00 pm


Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong





About the Speaker

Dr. Vivienne Poy

Douglas Kerr is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Hong Kong University. He has written books about the English war poet Wilfred Owen, the political writer George Orwell, and the ways the East has been imagined by British writers in the colonial and postcolonial period. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, and presenter of the RTHK Radio 3 programme The Big Idea.


About the Book

Passage to Promise Land

Arthur Conan Doyle is best-known as the creator of the perennially popular detective Sherlock Holmes, but he also wrote historical adventures, scientific romances like The Lost World, supernatural tales, journalism and memoirs. He was a campaigner against injustice, and a believer in Spiritualism. This book is a cultural biography and critical study which investigates Conan Doyle as a maker of culture, an important interpreter of the times he lived in, especially in the spheres of sport, medicine, science, law and order, army and empire, and the life of the spirit.