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Victorian Murder: Complex Problems and Academic Interdisciplinarity


Correspondence: School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS), New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, P.O. box 37100, Phoenix AZ 80569–7100, USA. Email:


Murder has horrified and fascinated us for centuries. Victorian murder not only marked the period but also has been the subject of countless contemporary movies, books, and plays, as well as a focus of academic study across a range of subfields, including gender studies, urban studies, genre studies, historical studies, and criminological studies. In some cases, particular murderers or their methodologies have been the focus. While some scholarship has crossed disciplinary lines, few studies have done so in a robust way. Scholarship on murder would have greater intellectual complexity, nuance, and efficacy if it traversed disciplinary boundaries and drew on the work in a greater variety of subfields.

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