Abstract

During the 1840s, the crime news in Edward Lloyd's cheap Sunday newspapers artfully manipulated standard narrative conventions so as to foreground the tension between the expansion of Britain's criminal justice system by the Metropolitan Police Acts and the traditional right of Britons to live "free-born." Whether Lloyd's crime news was fictional or factual or was published in unstamped or stamped Sunday papers, it consistently articulated a libertarian sympathy for those who were arrested and incarcerated, thus signaling its strong affinities with the radical politics of the time.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-526X
Print ISSN
0709-4698
Pages
pp. 619-649
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-11
Open Access
No
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