‘CSI: Whitechapel’: Ripper Street and the evidential body

By Jessica Hindes (Royal Holloway) Though I understand the desire to dissect a period drama on the basis of its historical authenticity, I’ve never thought it a particularly profitable approach. Guy Woolnough may be right to criticise Ripper Street for condemning a 14 year old to an implausibly expedited hanging; but cataloguing this kind of historical inaccuracy contributes little to a critical understanding of the show. In this article, therefore, I set such questions aside in order to think more

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The Lure of the Solution: How do we consume the detective story today?

Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) The place of the fictional detective in contemporary popular culture is as central now as it was when the form first became popular in the nineteenth-century.  Detective and crime fiction of innumerable sub-genres line the shelves of Waterstones, Poirot and Miss Marple are seemingly looped continuously on ITV3, film continues its interest in the whodunit, and the form is strangely prevalent in children’s and teenage television and fiction. But is there a continuity between the

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