CFP: [Victorian] Ragged London: The Spectacle of Crime and Degeneracy in the Victorian Capital [Collection]

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Kevin Swafford
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CFP: Proposed Collection

Ragged London: The Spectacle of Crime and Degeneracy in the Victorian

 I invite proposals for contributions to a collection which will examine
the discourse and representation of crime and degeneracy in 19th century
London. From the sensational "Newgate Novels" of the early Victorian
period to the spectacle of the "Ripper Murders" during the so-
called "Autumn of Terror" (1888), the Victorian middle-class was deeply
fascinated by the seeming degeneracy and pervasive criminality of
London's lower class. Narrative, journalistic, and investigative accounts
of London's "low life" and rookeries were, in fact, part of the mainstay
of middle-class popular culture. But what other function, beside lurid
entertainment, did slum narratives provide? What were the discursive
intersections of Victorian culture and class that seemingly necessitated
the production and consumption of slum narratives and tales of urban
degeneracy, crime, and decay?

Deadline: January 1, 2009.

Contributors should follow the MLA style (5th edition), with endnotes
kept at a minimum.

Please send proposals for essays of approximately 5 to 8 thousands words
via email ( or regular mail. Please also include a
brief CV.

Dr. Kevin Swafford
Associate Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies in English
Bradley University
1501 West Bradley Ave
Peoria, Il 61625

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