“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MURDER”: THE TRANSGRESSIVE AESTHETICS OF MURDER IN VICTORIAN STREET BALLADS

@article{OBrien2000THEMB,
  title={“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MURDER”: THE TRANSGRESSIVE AESTHETICS OF MURDER IN VICTORIAN STREET BALLADS},
  author={Ellen L. O’Brien},
  journal={Victorian Literature and Culture},
  year={2000},
  volume={28},
  pages={15 - 37}
}
  • E. O’Brien
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • History
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
To say that this common [criminal] fate was described in the popular press and commented on simply as a piece of police news is, indeed, to fall short of the facts. To say that it was sung and balladed would be more correct; it was expressed in a form quite other than that of the modern press, in a language which one could certainly describe as that of fiction rather than reality, once we have discovered that there is such a thing as a reality of fiction. —Louis Chevalier, Laboring Classes and… 
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