Northwestern English professor to be published

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Northwestern English professor to be published

 Dr. Kate Lane

Dr. Kathryn Lane
This summer Dr. Kathryn Lane, assistant professor of English, will have an essay titled “Now Watson, the fair sex is your department” published in the book “Sherlock Homes and the Curious Case of Gender Studies.” The book is being edited by Nadine Farghaly and published by McFarland Press.

Lane said this piece is another item to go along with the department's popular culture ideas.  Lane referred to popular culture as the English department’s niche. 

“My essay looks at the depiction of the interpersonal relationships in BBC’s series ‘Sherlock’,” Lane said.   “I examine the relationship between John and Sherlock, as well as the depiction of the female characters in the series. I specifically look at how the BBC ‘interpretation’ is playing with the Holmes canon and interpersonal relationships.  It fits into the book as a whole because the collection is looking at depictions of gender in the modern depictions and revisions of Holmes, previously played by Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller.”

The essay was chosen through a double blind peer review conducted by the book’s editor and publisher.  In this process, two or more peers read and provided feedback on each piece without knowing the author’s identity.  From there, the editor requested revisions where necessary and chose which pieces would best fit in the book.

“The book is now headed to press, and we should be looking at proofs in the next few months,” Lane said.

For more information on this book or the English department, contact Lane at (580) 327-8470 or