The Prison Voices team

English students and lecturers joined forces last week to present an innovative paper at an Edinburgh conference on crime fiction.

Lecturers Emily Cuming and Jude Piesse co-presented a paper with Level 5 students Lindsay Wilkinson, Sarah Pass, and Joshua Preece about their joint experiences of the undergraduate module ‘Prison Voices: Narratives of Crime and Punishment 1700-1900’, developed by LJMU’s Helen Rogers. The paper was delivered at an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment’ held at Edinburgh Napier University.

The paper addressed the topic of ‘Prison Voices in the Classroom: Crime, Punishment, and Pedagogy in the Digital Age’, reflecting on the methods used to uncover and articulate prison voices from the past. Joshua, Sarah, and Lindsay did a fantastic job at representing the student perspective, making the paper one of the acknowledged highlights of the day. LJMU was also represented by PhD researcher Sam Saunders, who delivered a fantastic paper on ‘“The Romance of the Detective”: Sensation Fiction, Police-Memoirs and Transcending Literary, Physical and Social Boundaries, c. 1850-1870’