Inadvertently Reliving History: Teaching Jack the Ripper in a Time of Terror
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This chapter discusses the pedagogical implications of the resonances between two periods: late summer and early fall of 1888, when the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper terrorized the residents of the Whitechapel district, and late May and June 2017, when London itself was on edge. Although the summer program was an experiment in experiential learning, the unexpected terrorist attacks in London during the period in which I was teaching forced students to apprehend history in far more visceral ways than I had planned. Indeed, the incidents of 2017 gave them access to Victorian structures of feeling about the Ripper murders, their coverage by the press, and the size and governability of the metropolis.
KeywordsTerrorism Crisis and emergency response Newspaper coverage Affective history
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