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Literary Representations

Key reading

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