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Crime and Culture

Research one aspect of crime and culture in the nineteenth century. Examples might include:

Literature Theatre Art
Conan Doyle Music Hall Gustav Dore
Dickens and Crime Melodrama Walter Sickert
Wilkie Collins Music Hogarth
Mary Elizabeth Braddon   Punch
Edgar Allen Poe    

Further Reading


  • 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 culture reflect or shape society's attitudes to crime and criminals?
  • How are crimes, criminals and the police represented in the works you have studied?
  • What does analysing Victorian culture add to an understanding of criminality in this period?