A Jolly Good Murder: The Rise of Crime as Entertainment in the Nineteenth Centur

Ref: C2228818

This course explores the rise of crime as a form of entertainment during the nineteenth century. Starting with real-life 'sensationalised' killings such as the Ratcliffe Highway Murders and Maria Marten and the Red Barn, we will discuss the role the press played in manipulating public opinion, and phenomena such as Murder Tourism and the Murder Souvenir trade. We will then explore the media that grew out of public obsession with crime- broadsides, patter songs, penny dreadfuls, melodrama and marionette theatre.

Additional information about this course

10am - 11am: 1st lecture 11am - 11.20am: Coffee Break 11.20am - 12.30pm: 2nd lecture 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch Break 1.30pm - 2.30pm: 3rd lecture 2.30pm - 2.50pm: Tea Break 2.50pm - 4.00pm: 4th lecture

Course aim

This course explores the explosion in popularity of crime as a form of entertainment during the nineteenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Analyse the rise of crime as a form of entertainment during the nineteenth century.
  • Evaluate the role the press played in forming public opinion towards crime in the nineteenth century.
  • Explore the range of different media available as entertainment in the nineteenth century and how crime was sensationalised by these media.
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How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything to the course except a willingness to engage with sensationalism and horrid murders!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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A Jolly Good Murder: The Rise of Crime as Entertainment in the Nineteenth Centur

Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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