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

Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume I

(Revised Edition)
Edited by Matthew Kaiser

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-649-2, 536 pages


Coming Soon
The Second Edition will be published Spring 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5165-2114-2

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 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 one's 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 Morrison's slum narrative A Child of the Jago, two melodramas, three novellas, including Margaret Oliphant's A Beleaguered City and Vernon Lee's 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 Matthew Kaiser is associate professor of English at University of California, Merced. He is the author of The World in Play: Portraits of a Victorian Concept (Stanford University Press, 2012) and the editor of five books, including Alan Dale’s A Marriage Below Zero and Philip Meadows Taylor’s Confessions of a Thug.

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