Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture

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The Victorian middle classes were both titillated and repelled by transgression and abnormality: from Jack the Ripper to the Elephant Man, from venereal disease to self-murder. In an era marked by unprecedented prosperity and widespread poverty, the Victorians aggressively policed—and clandestinely crossed—increasingly porous and unstable boundaries. Across a range of literary genres, we map the nineteenth-century British obsession with crime and horror, with phenomena that rattle one's sense of self. The recorded lectures are from the 2012 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course English 156. (4 credits)

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The Victorian middle classes were both titillated and repelled by transgression and abnormality: from Jack the Ripper to the Elephant Man, from venereal disease to self-murder. In an era marked by unprecedented prosperity and widespread poverty, the Victorians aggressively policed—and clandestinely crossed—increasingly porous and unstable boundaries. Across a range of literary genres, we map the nineteenth-century British obsession with crime and horror, with phenomena that rattle one's sense of self. The recorded lectures are from the 2012 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course English 156. (4 credits)

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