Black Swine in the Sewers of Hampstead: Beneath the Surface of Victorian Sensationalism

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This book examines the development of sensationalism and the reporting of crime in the popular press and literature of mid-Victorian Britain, and its nature and causes. The author looks at the origins of source material obtained by novelists like Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, and reveals the extent and reportage of crime during this period and the disparity between the official image of Victorian Britain as the superior, highly moral and tranquil society. The author argues that the use of this material in the popular literature of the period was a deliberate attempt to undermine Victorian officialdom. The result is an enquiry into the significance of crime and sexuality in the newspapers and literature of this period.

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The apocryphal story of the black swine is taken by Boyle ( Only the Dead Know Brooklyn ) as a metaphor for the irrational elements that so terrified Victorian orthodoxy. A feature of the mid-Victorian era was the so-called "sensation" novel, including some Dickens but mostly Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, among the more popular, and Boyle's study concentrates on them, showing how they were reflective of an underworld or counterculture that the leaders of society did not acknowledge. Boyle argues that these works of fiction were probably the outgrowth of true crime stories in the periodicals of the 1830s, '40s and '50s; he relies on a set of scrapbooks titled Various Trials Cut from Newspapers , assembled by one William Bell Macdonald between 1839 and 1862, as the basis for his examination of these stories. This is a work of scholarship, as for example when the author searches out the etymology of sensation, which will be of interest primarily to academics.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Victorian journalism revealed a gap between the "official consciousness of displacement and denial" and the multi-class reality of sexual brutality and murder--a gap claimed by the sensationalist novelists, who reflected the popular interest in domestic crime. Moreover, crime reports contributed to that "decentering" of the universe associated with Darwin, Freud, etc. Self-conscious and discursive, Boyle provides disappointingly thin analyses of only three sensationalist fictions. Further, readers may ask whether domestic crime should occupy the privileged place Boyle obsessively accords it as more valid than other manifestations of Victorian endeavor. Richard Barickman et. al's Corrupt Relations and Lionel Rose's Massacre of the Innocents explore aspects of Victorian sexuality and death from firmer critical and sociological perspectives.
- Barbara J. Dunlap, City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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