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Brian Baker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069048

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.001.0001

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Whitechapel autopsy: an East End apocalypse

Whitechapel autopsy: an East End apocalypse

(p.60) 2 Whitechapel autopsy: an East End apocalypse
Iain Sinclair

Brian Baker

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Sinclair's first novel, White Chappell. It shows that this novel drew upon the events of the autumn of 1888, namely the ‘Whitechapel Murders’ of Jack the Ripper, and even some popular literary novels (A Study in Scarlet and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). From there the discussion focuses on the concept of temporal co-presence and multi-presence, and looks at how Sinclair uses the metaphysic of topographic presence to emphasize the mythic constructions of his narrative. This chapter also considers the ‘haunted’ nature of books and the dissection and division of human bodies.

Keywords:   White Chappell, Jack the Ripper, Whitechapel Murders, temporal co-presence, topographic presence, mythic constructions, haunted nature, dissection, division

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