Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 5: “Victorian Obsessions: The Publicity of Violent Crime in the 19th Century”

Cécile Bertrand (Université Paris Diderot) and Delphine Cadwallader (Docteur en études anglophones (Paris 3), CPGE, Lycée Albert Schweitzer) responding to Cécile’s paper entitled “Victorian Obsessions: The Publicity of Violent Crime in the 19th Century”

Session 5 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 21st March at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h30-19h30).

“Victorian Obsessions: The Publicity of Violent Crime in the 19th Century”

Cécile Bertrand (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts.

Respondents:

– Anne Chassagnol (Maître de conférences, Université Paris 8), “When fiction reoffends: the reinvention of victorian crime in contemporary culture”

– Delphine Cadwallader (Docteur en études anglophones (Paris 3), CPGE, Lycée Albert Schweitzer), “Crime and disease in Collins in Victorian medical discourse”

We worked with the following texts:

– « STRUCTURE DU FAIT DIVERS », Roland Barthes, in Essais critiques (1964). Barthes – Structure du fait divers

– « L’évolution de la notion d’« individu dangereux » dans la psychiatrie légale du XIXe siècle », Michel Foucault in Dits et écrits II, 1976-1988, Paris : Gallimard, 2001, 443-4. Foucault – Individu dangereux

– CURIOSITY HUNTERS, Punch, October 2, 1841. Morbid Sympathy for Criminals

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