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Meat MarketsThe Cultural History of Bloody London$
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Ted Geier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424714

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424714.001.0001

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Mass Production: Impossible London’s Criminal Subjects

Mass Production: Impossible London’s Criminal Subjects

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(p.119) Chapter 3 Mass Production: Impossible London’s Criminal Subjects
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Meat Markets
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Ted Geier

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424714.003.0004

Considers mass readership and the ‘tastes’ it produces. Maps the history of criminals and execution spectacles, particularly as addressed by the London ‘public’ voices of Defoe and Dickens. Connects these mass events to the new mass print culture and circulation forms, such as the penny dreadfuls and their Newgate novel precursor. This shows the development of the public’s ‘taste for blood’, anxieties at an encroaching nonhumanity, and an infatuation with the inhuman from Jack Sheppard to Sweeney Todd and Dracula.

Keywords:   Murder, The Public, Hangings, Penny Dreadfuls, Horror

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