Jack the Ripper in Film and Culture

Top Hat, Gladstone Bag and Fog

  • Clare Smith

Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Clare Smith
    Pages 1-10
  3. Clare Smith
    Pages 11-24
  4. Clare Smith
    Pages 47-56
  5. Clare Smith
    Pages 57-117
  6. Clare Smith
    Pages 119-143
  7. Clare Smith
    Pages 145-164
  8. Clare Smith
    Pages 165-189
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 191-211

About this book


In 1888 the name Jack the Ripper entered public consciousness with the brutal murders of women in the East End of London. The murderer was never caught, yet film and television depicts a killer with a recognisable costume, motive and persona. This book examines the origins of the screen presentation of the four key elements associated with the murders –Jack the Ripper, the victims, the detective and Whitechapel. Nineteenth-century history, art and literature, psychoanalytical theories of Freud and Jung and feminist film theory are all used to deconstruct the representation of Jack the Ripper on screen. 


murder crime Whitechapel Victorian history movie television Holmes Hannibal Lecter Freud Jung Feminism

Authors and affiliations

  • Clare Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Wales, UKUnited Kingdom

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