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Neo-Victorian Slumming in London's Gothicity: The Victorian Metropolis' Televisual Transformation into "The City of Dreadful Night" / Marie-luise Kohlke

Transforming Cities, Volume: 85, Pages: 181 - 209

Swansea University Author: Kohlke, Marie-luise

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Through the prevalent neo-Victorian slumming trope, this chapter explores Victorian London's progressive Gothic transformation into a veritable "City of Dreadful Night", with special focus on the popular television series *Ripper Street* (2012-2016) and *Penny Dreadful* (2014-2016). T...

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Published in: Transforming Cities
ISBN: 9783825367497 9783825377557
Published: Heidelberg, Germany Universitaetsverlag WINTER 2018
Online Access: https://www.winter-verlag.de/en/detail/978-3-8253-6749-7/Pietrzak_Pranger_ea_Eds_Transforming_Cities/
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36100
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Abstract: Through the prevalent neo-Victorian slumming trope, this chapter explores Victorian London's progressive Gothic transformation into a veritable "City of Dreadful Night", with special focus on the popular television series *Ripper Street* (2012-2016) and *Penny Dreadful* (2014-2016). This cultural re-imagining of the historical metropolis is linked to both the legacies of nineteenth-century Urban Gothic and philanthropic discourse, as well as audience predilections (then and now) for 'vicarious slumming' and literal slumming tourism.
Keywords: the abject, degradation, neo-Victorian, Penny Dreadful, philanthropy, Ripper Street, slums, slumming, Urban Gothic, 'vicarious slumming', Victorian London
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 181
End Page: 209