An essay discussing "City of Dreadful Delight" by Judith R. Walkowitz

Violence against women was not uncommon during the nineteenth century, but how did the Jack the Ripper case make this issue a public affair? How did gender and class affect public opinion on the murders?


Essay, 2006

6 Pages


Abstract or Introduction

In 1888, Great Britain was in the middle of the Victorian era and on the height of its international significance, mainly because of imperialistic strategies in order to abide British power by gaining resources from colonies. However, there were substantial depressions due to agricultural problems and foreign competition in regard to industrialization. Not only was the population growing rapidly but also the circulation of newspapers.
This novel media phenomenon led to a huge hype regarding the Jack the Ripper
murders, focusing on narratives, Victorian fantasies regarding gender and sex, and a mixture of actual facts and imaginary ideas.
Within ten weeks, five murders of prostitutes took place within Whitechapel, a
poor part of Eastern London. The press concentrated on various elements such as setting, mystery and motive of the homicides, possible suspects coming from different classes
and circumstances, and the lives of the victims, transforming the case “into a national
scandal” (201).

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Title
An essay discussing "City of Dreadful Delight" by Judith R. Walkowitz
Subtitle
Violence against women was not uncommon during the nineteenth century, but how did the Jack the Ripper case make this issue a public affair? How did gender and class affect public opinion on the murders?
College
University of North Florida
Author
Year
2006
Pages
6
Catalog Number
V116468
ISBN (eBook)
9783640186396
File size
356 KB
Language
English
Keywords
City, Dreadful, Delight, Judith, Walkowitz
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Jane Vetter (Author), 2006, An essay discussing "City of Dreadful Delight" by Judith R. Walkowitz, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/116468

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