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Humanities 2018, 7(3), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7030082

Victorian Murder and the Digital Humanities

Professor of Victorian Literature & Culture, Department of English, Creative Writing and American Studies, University of Winchester, Winchester SO22 4NR, UK
Received: 14 May 2018 / Revised: 6 August 2018 / Accepted: 10 August 2018 / Published: 12 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Victorian Art of Murder)
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Abstract

The rapid extension of what has become known as the Digital Humanities has resulted in an array of online resources for researchers within the subdiscipline of Victorian Studies. But the increasingly acquisitive nature of these digital projects poses the question as to what happens once all the information and material we have related to the Victorians has been archived? This paper is an attempt to anticipate this question with specific reference to future digital resources for the study of ‘Victorian murder culture’, and in particular, the essentially textual nature of the nineteenth-century experience of crime. It will argue that there is potential for new forms of digital-humanities archive that offer a more participatory user experience, one that nurtures a cognitively empathic understanding of the complex intertextuality of Victorian crime culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: Victorian; Victorian Studies; digital humanities; nineteenth century; crime; murder; aesthetics; cognitive empathy; reading; periodicals; archives; curation; hypertexts; knowledge; disciplinarity; interdisciplinarity Victorian; Victorian Studies; digital humanities; nineteenth century; crime; murder; aesthetics; cognitive empathy; reading; periodicals; archives; curation; hypertexts; knowledge; disciplinarity; interdisciplinarity
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