Dickens and Murder

Posted by pt91 at Oct 11, 2011 12:19 PM |
Lecture explores influence of 19th century forensics on classic author on 17 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 October 2011

The Leicester Lit & Phil Society is turning to crime for its next meeting on Monday 17th October at 7.30 in the Main Gallery of Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Murder and skulduggery in Dickensian London is the theme of a talk by Dickens expert Dr Andrew Mangham, lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Reading.

In his talk Dr Mangham will take the murder by Bill Sykes in ‘Oliver Twist’ as a starting point for considering Charles Dickens’s engagement with the forensic evidence of famous murder trials.

He will use documentary evidence from early nineteenth-century murder cases to demonstrate how one of our best-loved authors developed crime details and anatomical imagery into important and dramatic moments in the history of Western literature.

Hilary Lewis, spokesperson for the Lit & Phil commented:  “2012 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens and so we felt it was an appropriate year for another Dickens lecture, always very popular with our members.”

President of the Lit & Phil, Professor John Fothergill, added: “Dr Andrew Mangham’s interest and expertise in the influence of forensic medicine and criminal psychology in the 19th century on Charles Dickens should make for a fascinating talk.”

Visitors and new members are always welcome to meetings of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, generally known as the ‘Lit & Phil’

Meetings take place fortnightly during the season and present a distinguished speaker who answers questions after the talk. The talks are followed by refreshments.

Membership of the Society is £12.50 a year (£5.00 for students) for twelve events.

For more details, including dates of events or membership, please see the website http://www.leicesterlitandphil.org.uk/.   Information about membership is also available from tel 01455 209291.

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from the President of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, Professor John Fothergill, Head of Engineering, University of Leicester, email jcf@leicester.ac.uk, tel 0116 252 2569.

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