George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster

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George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster. / Rutherford, Helen; Sandford-Couch, Clare.

2018. Paper presented at Frankenstein: A Multidisciplinary Conference 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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Rutherford, H & Sandford-Couch, C 2018, 'George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster', Paper presented at Frankenstein: A Multidisciplinary Conference 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 14/06/18 - 14/06/18.

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Rutherford, H., & Sandford-Couch, C. (2018). George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster. Paper presented at Frankenstein: A Multidisciplinary Conference 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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Rutherford H, Sandford-Couch C. George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster. 2018. Paper presented at Frankenstein: A Multidisciplinary Conference 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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Rutherford, Helen ; Sandford-Couch, Clare. / George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster. Paper presented at Frankenstein: A Multidisciplinary Conference 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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title = "George Vass: the making and un-making of a monster",
abstract = "This paper explores the role of the Victorian press in constructing – and subsequently deconstructing - a criminal character. In Newcastle upon Tyne in 1863, George Vass was tried, found guilty, and hanged for wilful murder. Contemporary newspaper accounts, refer specifically to Vass{\textquoteright}s lack of emotional response during his trial and sentence. This in turn led many newspaper reports to describe Vass as without feeling, a bad character: a {\textquoteleft}monster{\textquoteright}, in effect. However, by the time of his execution, we read of a {\textquoteleft}wretched young man{\textquoteright}, an {\textquoteleft}unfortunate man, whose lot it was to die the death of a dog{\textquoteright}. We aim to question whether there is any evidence of real change in Vass, or whether these newspaper accounts were intended to serve a particular purpose for the contemporary readership. In doing so, we will address what underpinned the process of first making Vass into a monster, and his subsequent {\textquoteleft}un-monstering{\textquoteright}. ",
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