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City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Women in Culture and Society)

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From tabloid exposes of child prostitution to the grisly tales of Jack the Ripper, narratives of sexual danger pulsated through Victorian London. Expertly blending social history and cultural criticism, Judith Walkowitz shows how these narratives reveal the complex dramas of power, politics, and sexuality that were being played out in late nineteenth-century Britain, and h ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 15th 1992 by University Of Chicago Press
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Jan 20, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing
London, James Thomson's "City of Dreadful Night" --
The City is of Night, but not of Sleep;
There sweet sleep is not for the weary brain;
The pitiless hours like years and ages creep,
A night seems termless hell. This dreadful strain
Of thought and consciousness which never ceases,
Or which some moments' stupor but increases,
This, worse than woe, makes wretches there insane.

They leave all hope behind who enter there:
One certitude while sane they cannot leave,
One anodyne for torture and despair;
Dec 17, 2013 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: uni-read
I'd say 2/3 of this book is quotes. And not whole sentences, but words. Lonely words. "Like" this. Even "the" Jack the Ripper chapter was "boring", "and" hard to "get through". Now "imagine" 250 "pages" of this "type of writing" with often no idea who the qoutes are from, and you'd get bored too.

However, one thing was extremely interesting. Even in victorian days, when the women were dressed literally (!!) from head to toe, it was their fault that they were murdered and possibly raped on the st
Jul 21, 2007 Annie rated it it was amazing
One of the few books that has made it through all of my moves. Walkowitz effortlessly weaves tales of not just sexual danger, but also, and perhaps more significantly, anecdotes of the palpable tension between the classes, most notably during the months when Jack the Ripper terrorized the city. The book, from chapter to chapter, in essence tells the story of western male chauvinism that was prevalent not just in London, but she tells it from the point of view not of the gazer or flaneur, but rat ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This book is a MASTERWORK in cultural and gender history. Combines incredibly dynamic and fluid writing, meticulous, thorough detail of archival research, and broad-scope interests and awareness. Not only a wonderful study of Jack the Ripper and the social and cultural pressures that made that figure possible, but also of the creation of the modern news media and normative as well as radical social groups that interweave throughout those other stories. CANNOT RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH FOR VICTORIA ...more
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Feb 23, 2017 Cory Blystone rated it it was amazing
In an era known for its virtuous veneer, it's nice to uncover the scandalously seedy dark side.
Jan 07, 2015 Char rated it really liked it
So I read this for my Jack the Ripper class. An excellent resource, and a lovely read for the feminist historian. Really gives an excellent view of gender relations in Late-Victorian London, gives overviews on the prominent figures of the time and the prominent issues, such as the Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon, W.T. Stead, the Men and Women's Club, etc. Not something I'd read for fun, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Stacy Schmidt
Feb 06, 2012 Stacy Schmidt rated it liked it
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I read this for a History of Sexuality course in my graduate program 10 years ago. I remember it being pretty interesting, but I'm a bit hazy on the details. If you're interested in women's history and issues of sexuality, it's a good read.
David Vaughan
Apr 08, 2014 David Vaughan rated it it was ok
Tried to make more of the modern feminist viewpoint than the historical trajectories it purported to discuss - and consequently achieved neither to any great degree. Occasional worthwhile facts but less frequent discursive excellence, in my opinion.
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Fascinating from beginning to end. Not only was the narrative easy to grasp, it also gave me a better understanding of that horrid Michel Foucault and his almost senseless theories. Don't judge me. It was my first time studying his work.
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Nov 25, 2016 Rogue Reader rated it liked it
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Given the title, I expected more of a pot boiler, but instead found an extensive academic dissertation. A woman's domestic role leaves little freedom within a male power structure. Her options are limited, and her very being is at risk in every arena inside the home and without.
Aug 31, 2011 William rated it liked it
Aside from the fact that this kind of book is entirely not my cup of tea, CoDD presents a thorough and clear narrative.
Apr 25, 2007 Genevieve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I thought a book about Jack the Ripper would be more interesting . . . but maybe I just don't like the linguistic turn . . .
Apr 11, 2008 Tessa rated it liked it
I liked all the details in this book. The structure of the book was a bit odd, but I think it makes sense after it's completely read.
Dec 03, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok
The first two chapters aren't bad, but the book goes downhill from there.
Jeremy Raper
May 20, 2014 Jeremy Raper rated it it was ok
Read it for a university course; a bit of a slog and not really that compelling subject matter (to me). Would recommend to academics in the field only.
Brenda Clough
A considerable focus upon W. T. Stead's campaigns against white slavery, and the Ripper murders.
Benson Hawk
Jan 03, 2014 Benson Hawk rated it it was amazing
JRW is, well, JRW. Brilliant, a beautiful wordsmith, and a cultural theorist par excellence. It doesn't get better than this.
Dec 14, 2008 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Another academic history that is quite appealing to a general audience.
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