Jack the Ripper and the London Press.
- New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.
1 online resource (363 pages)
- Jack, -- the Ripper.
Serial murderers -- Press coverage -- England -- London.
Serial murders -- Press coverage -- England -- London.
Serial murders -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
- Electronic books.
- Press coverage of the 1888 mutilation murders attributed to Jack the Ripper was of necessity filled with gaps and silences, for the killer remained unknown and Victorian journalists had little experience reporting serial murders and sex crimes. This engrossing book examines how fourteen London newspapers-dailies and weeklies, highbrow and lowbrow-presented the Ripper news, in the process revealing much about the social, political, and sexual anxieties of late Victorian Britain and the role of journalists in reinforcing social norms. L. Perry Curtis surveys the mass newspaper culture of the era, delving into the nature of sensationalism and the conventions of domestic murder news. Analyzing the fourteen newspapers-two of which emanated from the East End, where the murders took place-he shows how journalists played on the fears of readers about law and order by dwelling on lethal violence rather than sex, offering gruesome details about knife injuries but often withholding some of the more intimate details of the pelvic mutilations. He also considers how the Ripper news affected public perceptions of social conditions in Whitechapel.
Chapter 1 The Whitechapel Murders: A Chronicle
Chapter 2 Images and Realities of the East End
Chapter 3 The Theory and Practice of Victorian Journalism
Chapter 4 Sensation News
Chapter 5 Victorian Murder News
Chapter 6 The First Two Murders
Chapter 7 The Double Event
Chapter 8 The Pursuit of Angles
Chapter 9 The Kelly Reportage
Chapter 10 The Inquests: Reporting the Female Body
Chapter 11 Responses to Ripper News: Letters to the Editor
Chapter 12 The Cultural Politics of Ripper News
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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- Print version: Curtis, L., Jr. Jack the Ripper and the London Press
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