Criminal and Sexual Deviancy in Victorian London Comparison Essay by Scholae Palatinae

Criminal and Sexual Deviancy in Victorian London
A comparison of three literary works that relate to criminal and sexual deviancy in Victorian London by L. Perry Curtis, Seth Koven and Judith R. Walkowitz.
# 113673 | 1,249 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 24, 2009 in History (British) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , History (European - 19th century)


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Description:

This paper discusses criminal and sexual deviancy in Victorian London during the nineteenth century. It examines three literary works and compares the views that they present of the streets of London. The paper discusses L. Perry Curtis's "Jack the Ripper and the London Press," Seth Koven's "Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London" and Judith R. Walkowitz's "City of Dreadful Delight."

Table of Contents:
Introduction
The Sources
Crime:The Hereditary Criminal Class

From the Paper:

"Where Curtis provides a cultural interpretation of "real" criminality, Walkowitz addresses the issue through contemporary sociology. Her primary source in this area is Charles Booth, a statistician and critic of the "urban savagery" pervasive in late Victorian crime dockets. Booth's 1886 study demonstrated that contrary to popular perception, so-called hereditary criminals only constituted roughly 1 percent of the London population, and that the bourgeoisie provided a substantial share of urban crime. Walkowitz and Curtis are in agreement in terms of deconstructing the urban savage, but their methods demonstrate how competing disciplines may compliment one another."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Curtis Jr., L. Perry. Jack the Ripper and the London Press. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Koven, Seth. Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
  • Walkowitz, Judith R. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

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Criminal and Sexual Deviancy in Victorian London (2009, April 24) Retrieved November 29, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/criminal-and-sexual-deviancy-in-victorian-london-113673/

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"Criminal and Sexual Deviancy in Victorian London" 24 April 2009. Web. 29 November. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/criminal-and-sexual-deviancy-in-victorian-london-113673/>

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