Through this great gallery of murder . . . together let us wander hand in hand
Thomas De Quincey, 1827
Whether fictional or real, society has a peculiar obsession with homicide, and it is an obsession with a rich history. Beginning with the infamous case of Alice Arden of Faversham in 1550, this one-day event will see students explore the cultural and social history of murder - from genuine cases to fictional representations.
Over the course of four sessions, we’ll cover early modern homicide cases, evolving definitions of (and punishments for) homicide, the beginnings of crime detection, the so-called ‘golden age’ of murder, and also how literature has worked to shape our understanding of homicide - from moralising early modern pamphlets and Thomas de Quincey’s 'On Murder' to Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Before concluding with a look at modern justice and the popularity of the true crime genre. Have things really changed that much?
Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 22 November 2023.