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From tabloid exposes of child prostitution to the grisly tales of Jack the Ripper, narratives of sexual danger pulsated through Victorian London. Expertly blending social history and cultural criticism, Judith Walkowitz shows how these narratives reveal the complex dramas of power, politics, and sexuality that were being played out in late nineteenth-century Britain, and how they influenced the language of politics, journalism, and fiction.

Victorian London was a world where long-standing traditions of class and gender were challenged by a range of public spectacles, mass media scandals, new commercial spaces, and a proliferation of new sexual categories and identities. In the midst of this changing culture, women of many classes challenged the traditional privileges of elite males and

asserted their presence in the public domain.

An important catalyst in this conflict, argues Walkowitz, was W. T. Stead's widely read 1885 article about child prostitution. Capitalizing on the uproar caused by the piece and the volatile political climate of the time, women spoke of sexual danger, articulating their own grievances against men, inserting themselves into the public discussion of sex to an unprecedented extent, and gaining new entree to public spaces and journalistic practices. The ultimate manifestation of class anxiety and gender antagonism came in 1888 with the tabloid tales of Jack the Ripper. In between, there were quotidien stories of sexual possibility and urban adventure, and Walkowitz examines them all, showing how women were not simply figures in the imaginary landscape of male spectators, but also central actors in the stories of metropolotin life that reverberated in courtrooms, learned journals, drawing rooms, street corners, and in the letters columns of the daily press.

A model of cultural history, this ambitious book will stimulate and enlighten readers across a broad range of interests.

Synopsis:

Series Editor's ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductions1. Urban Spectatorship2. Contested Terrain: New Social Actors3. "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon"4. "The Maiden Tribute": Cultural Consequences5. The Men and Women's Clu (6. Science and the Seance: Transgressions of Gender and Genre7. Jack the RipperEpilogue: The Yorkshire RipperNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-338) and index.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introductions

1. Urban Spectatorship

2. Contested Terrain: New Social Actors

3. "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon"

4. "The Maiden Tribute": Cultural Consequences

5. The Men and Women's Club

6. Science and the Séance: Transgressions of Gender and Genre

7. Jack the Ripper

Epilogue: The Yorkshire Ripper

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226871462
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Designed by:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Author:
Walkowitz, Judith R.
Author:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
England
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Sex crimes
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
England Moral conditions.
Subject:
Prostitution -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Popular culture -- England -- History.
Subject:
Sex crimes - England - London - History -
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
9321
Publication Date:
19921031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Series Editor's ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductions1. Urban Spectatorship2. Contested Terrain: New Social Actors3. "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon"4. "The Maiden Tribute": Cultural Consequences5. The Men and Women's Clu (6. Science and the Seance: Transgressions of Gender and Genre7. Jack the RipperEpilogue: The Yorkshire RipperNotesSelected BibliographyIndex
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