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Published: 01 February 2012

320 Pages | 43 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719086854

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Violent Victorians

Popular entertainment in nineteenth-century London

Rosalind Crone

Published by Manchester University Press

  • This is the first book to bring together the wide range of violent entertainments that characterised popular culture in nineteenth-century London and seriously assesses their origins, functions and impact
  • Challenges the dominance of 'respectability' in our current understanding of Victorian culture and society and suggests an alternative framework for understanding the 'civilizing process'
  • Highlights a number of crucial themes and trends that persisted in popular culture after 1800 despite great strides towards modernity in nineteenth-century Britain
  • Revisits some of our favourite violent Victorians, from the warring puppets, Punch and Judy, to the murderous barber, Sweeney Todd, placing them firmly within their historical context, and in so doing, exposing their important socio-cultural roles
  • Draws upon the methodologies of social and cultural history in order to better understand the texture of Victorian society, and especially the mental world of the lower orders