This course explores the rise of crime as a form of entertainment during the nineteenth century.  Using real-life ‘sensationalised killings such as the Ratcliffe Highway Killings and the Murder in 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, melodrama and marionette theatre.

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