Honors | From Witches to Serial Killers
E103 | 0058 | F. Breithaupt

Infanticide in 1780, crimes of passion in 1900, and terrorism in
the1990s what do they have in common?

Each of these crimes was the obsession of public attention at certain
points in history. This course will examine why certain crimes draw
such attention at certain times while others do not and how those
crimes relate to the symbolical values and institutions
that organize a society.  We will address the fascination of crime by
focusing on those crimes in each historical period which were seen as
notorious by their contemporaries, including crimes related to gender,
race, belief, and psychological states, and will end with our
contemporary situation in the US, examining representations of terror
in the media.