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  • What are the main elements of the so-called 'sensation' novels of the 1860s
  • What are the links between disciplines such as psychoanalysis and anthropology and the crime novels of the late 19th/early 20th century
  • Does literature reflect or shape society's attitudes to crime and criminals?
  • How are crimes, criminals and the police represented in the press and novels you have studied?
  • What does reading Victorian crime novels add to an understanding of criminality in this period?
  • What caused moral panics and how were these treated by the press? Does this change over time?
  • How were murderers treated by the press? Were women murderers or child murderers treated differently than men murdering other men?
  • How useful is the press as a source for studying sensational crime?