Crime and the City from Dickens to The Wire


Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and HBO television series, "The Wire". Juxtaposes social and political contexts to which each text refers, paying particular attention to nature and causes of criminal activity therein. Explanations emphasizing individual or personal responsibility will be contrasted to those that take structural factors into account, including urban housing, public health, child labor, public education, poverty and its relief, urban governance, as well as the criminal justice system.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • ALP
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • HISTORY 313D
  • ICS 313D
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring