Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume I Matthew Kaiser

ISBN: 9781609276492

Published: December 1st 2011

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536 pages


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Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume I  by  Matthew Kaiser

Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume I by Matthew Kaiser
December 1st 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 536 pages | ISBN: 9781609276492 | 10.25 Mb

In nineteenth-century Britain, newspaper accounts of abnormality and transgression titillated and repelled middle-class readers: stories of Jack the Ripper, the Elephant Man, venereal disease, infanticide, and self-murder. In an era marked byMoreIn nineteenth-century Britain, newspaper accounts of abnormality and transgression titillated and repelled middle-class readers: stories of Jack the Ripper, the Elephant Man, venereal disease, infanticide, and self-murder.

In an era marked by unprecedented prosperity and widespread poverty, by a combustible blend of moralism and materialism, the Victorians aggressively policed and clandestinely crossed increasingly porous and unstable boundaries. Organized around eight topics, including The Slum, Streetwalking, Monstrosity, and Death, the two volumes that comprise this anthology map the Victorian obsession with crime and horror, with phenomena that rattle ones sense of self. Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture: Brings together fifty-nine texts, canonical as well as lesser-known works, from a wide range of genres.

Is fully annotated and supplies readers with useful biographical details, editorial commentary, and historical context. Contains one novel, Arthur Morrisons slum narrative A Child of the Jago, two melodramas, three novellas, including Margaret Oliphants A Beleaguered City and Vernon Lees A Phantom Lover, nine short stories, twenty-two poems, and numerous examples of Victorian journalism, social criticism, criminology, memoir-writing, and government reports.

Matthew Kaiser is Associate Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of The World in Play: Portraits of a Victorian Concept and the editor of five books, including Alan Dale s A Marriage Below Zero, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch s Venus in Furs, and Philip Meadows Taylor s Confessions of a Thug. His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals and essay collections.



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