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City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian… (edició 1992)

de Judith R. Walkowitz (Autor)

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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 how they influenced the language of politics, journalism, and fiction. Victorian London was a world where long-standing traditions of class and gender were challenged by a range of public spectacles, mass media scandals, new commercial spaces, and a proliferation of new sexual categories and identities. In the midst of this changing culture, women of many classes challenged the traditional privileges of elite males and asserted their presence in the public domain. An important catalyst in this conflict, argues Walkowitz, was W. T. Stead's widely read 1885 article about child prostitution. Capitalizing on the uproar caused by the piece and the volatile political climate of the time, women spoke of sexual danger, articulating their own grievances against men, inserting themselves into the public discussion of sex to an unprecedented extent, and gaining new entree to public spaces and journalistic practices. The ultimate manifestation of class anxiety and gender antagonism came in 1888 with the tabloid tales of Jack the Ripper. In between, there were quotidien stories of sexual possibility and urban adventure, and Walkowitz examines them all, showing how women were not simply figures in the imaginary landscape of male spectators, but also central actors in the stories of metropolotin life that reverberated in courtrooms, learned journals, drawing rooms, street corners, and in the letters columns of the daily press. A model of cultural history, this ambitious book will stimulate and enlighten readers across a broad range of interests.… (més)
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Títol:City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Women in Culture and Society)
Autors:Judith R. Walkowitz (Autor)
Informació:University of Chicago Press (1992), Edition: 1, 368 pages
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“Judith Walkowitz sitúa, con habilidad y lucidez, en el turbulento Londres de finales del siglo XIX el momento crucial en el que se constituyen nuestra ‘política sexual feminista’ y las narraciones sobre ‘peligro sexual’. Fue algo inseparable de las representaciones de la ciudad que ofrecían un gran contraste entre los mundos ordenados y un submundo sórdido; de la aparición de las normas modernas sobre sexo y relaciones sexuales; y de los poderosos discursos de la ley, la ciencia y la medicina que ayudaron a forjar esas normas. Sin duda, las acciones de Jack el Destripador desencadenaron múltiples angustias y miedos, exacerbados porque el hecho de que nunca se le capturara impidió aplicarle una etiqueta común y definitiva. El Destripador se convirtió en un símbolo sangriento y omnipresente de una violencia contra las mujeres a la que tanto feministas como otras debían hacer frente cada día.
La fascinación de “La ciudad de las pasiones terribles” reside no sólo en lo espectacular del escenario y los argumentos de Walkowitz, sino también en la minuciosidad de su pensamiento histórico”. ( )
  BibliotecaUNED | Jun 7, 2012 |
Unfortunately this book is written in unbearable academic jargon with lots of mentions of discourses and the gaze, and I found it unreadable. Of course I should have guessed that it would be like that from the words 'Narratives of' in the sub-title. At least this is an ex-library book that I was given by someone who was decluttering, so I didn't spend any money on it.

It gets five stars on Amazon, so if you don't mind the academic language, you will probably find it interesting.
  isabelx | Mar 14, 2011 |
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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 how they influenced the language of politics, journalism, and fiction. Victorian London was a world where long-standing traditions of class and gender were challenged by a range of public spectacles, mass media scandals, new commercial spaces, and a proliferation of new sexual categories and identities. In the midst of this changing culture, women of many classes challenged the traditional privileges of elite males and asserted their presence in the public domain. An important catalyst in this conflict, argues Walkowitz, was W. T. Stead's widely read 1885 article about child prostitution. Capitalizing on the uproar caused by the piece and the volatile political climate of the time, women spoke of sexual danger, articulating their own grievances against men, inserting themselves into the public discussion of sex to an unprecedented extent, and gaining new entree to public spaces and journalistic practices. The ultimate manifestation of class anxiety and gender antagonism came in 1888 with the tabloid tales of Jack the Ripper. In between, there were quotidien stories of sexual possibility and urban adventure, and Walkowitz examines them all, showing how women were not simply figures in the imaginary landscape of male spectators, but also central actors in the stories of metropolotin life that reverberated in courtrooms, learned journals, drawing rooms, street corners, and in the letters columns of the daily press. A model of cultural history, this ambitious book will stimulate and enlighten readers across a broad range of interests.

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