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History Matters – Blood and Myth: Mythologizing Jack the Ripper

October 29, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for the next History Matters!

In his graphic novel From Hell, Alan Moore, had his killer state, “For better or worse, the twentieth century, I have delivered it.” In August of 1888, Jack the Ripper began his killing spree and gripped the psyche of a nation. The grip has only gotten tighter and expanded beyond the shores of Britain in the ensuing century.

Today, Jack the Ripper is more an element of myth than a historical figure. We have filled in the gaps left by the Whitechapel Killer and used those gaps to personify our own fears. Jack has become a figure of film and literature, a boogeyman and devil. How did this happen? Why have we chosen this killer to be the avatar of serial murder? It has happened, it is.


Jim Hysell, Continuing Lecturer in History

Scott Aigner, Assistant Professor of Art, Pierce College, Washington

Jim Hysell

Jim Hysell

Scott Aigner

Scott Aigner

Event Information

This event will take place in SULB 321, LSF 002 and on Zoom

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Meeting ID 207 535 6846

Passcode 1888

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