9-20 lecture Stevenson

9-20 lecture Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: concept...

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“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”: concept so pervasive that book often overlooked or misread: our assumptions get in the way. --“split personality” --“good and evil” But book as much about the ways in which “good” is a social construction, a perception, a matter of reputation, as anything else —linked to its own time very clearly Reading the book forward onto London of the period: J&H 1886; Ripper murders 1888 (Sir William Gull); Holmes stories ~1891. Ripper murders reinforced existing concerns and preconceptions, heightened class tensions We’ve talked about some of the problems: --West vs East End --East End seen as symbol not just of poverty but of immorality and criminality: “Outcast London” --seen as haunt of “vice” --press representations of East End as site of sexual danger --prostitution not illegal—but increasingly criminalized in a way that shifted the onus from poverty to “the traditional social and sexual habits of the poor” --(but whose vice?—remember “The Man with
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENGL 283 taught by Professor Geiskes during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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9-20 lecture Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: concept...

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