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Alice Smalley

After reading History at Newnham College, Cambridge (2006-2009), I received a scholarship to study an MA in Victorian Studies at the University of Leicester (2009-2010).  During my studies I developed an interest in Victorian print and popular culture.  In September 2010 I began a fully-funded studentship at the Open University on popular representations of crime.  My key areas of interest are nineteenth and early twentieth-century popular culture, crime, newspaper history, book history, and heritage studies.

Current Research

My current research is looking at the popular representation of crime in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century.  It focuses in particular on the presentation of crime in newspapers, travelling shows and museums.  The Illustrated Police News (1864-1938) forms a key aspect of the research.  For too long the publication has been deemed a marginal aberration in what has otherwise been regarded as a ‘civilising’ century.  The exhibition pamphlets of the HMS Success, a transportation ship which reportedly toured the West after completing its transportation career, will also form a key aspect of my study.  Although this research is its early stages, it hopes to challenge the grand common narrative of taming in Victorian popular culture, and enrich our understanding of nineteenth-century print and popular culture. 


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