Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures by Karl BellLegend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures by Karl Bell

Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures

byKarl Bell

Paperback | March 17, 2017

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WINNER of the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award This book uses the nineteenth-century legend of Spring-Heeled Jack to analyse and challenge current notions of Victorian popular cultures. Starting as oral rumours, this supposedly supernatural entity moved from rural folklore to metropolitan press sensation, co-existing in literary and theatrical forms before finally degenerating into a nursery lore bogeyman to frighten children. A mercurial and unfixed cultural phenomenon, Spring-Heeled Jack found purchase in both older folkloric traditions and emerging forms of entertainment. Through this intriguing study of a unique and unsettling figure, Karl Bell complicates our appreciation of the differences, interactions and similarities between various types of popular culture between 1837 and 1904. The book draws upon a rich variety of primary source material including folklorist accounts, street ballads, several series of -penny dreadful- stories (and illustrations), journals, magazines, newspapers, comics, court accounts, autobiographies and published reminiscences. The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack is impressively researched social history and provides a fascinating insight into Victorian cultures. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in nineteenth-century English social and cultural history, folklore or literature. Karl Bell is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth.

Title:Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular CulturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:March 17, 2017Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1783271914

ISBN - 13:9781783271917

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