Jack the Ripper: Literary Creation?

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Kirsty-Anne Jasper is a second year part-time MA student at the University of Greenwich. She has given conference papers on the links between ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and the Whitechapel Murders, and The Eroticism of London’s poor in Michel Faber’s ‘The Crimson Petal and The White’. She is currently working on her dissertation; ‘To what extent is Jack the Ripper a literary creation? The Ripper in fiction 1888-present’ and a book chapter, provisionally titled ‘Anarchy in Suburbia: Bromley and the Punk Aesthetic’. Her research interests include urban and suburban writing, crime, Neo-Victorianism and The Gothic. She tweets @Kaja_Jasper.

I feel that following the rather audacious title of this blog I should perhaps begin with a clarification; I fully accept that in 1888 a series of murders occurred in the Whitechapel area of London, however, what interests me is the way our cultural concept of ‘Jack…

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