Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England

Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England

eBook - 2014
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By analysing relevant statues alongside the literature of the time, Ian Ward investigates Victorian anxieties about the 'condition' of its women, concentrating in particular on four 'crimes': adultery, bigamy, infanticide and prostitution.
Publisher: Oxford ;, Portland, Oregon :, Hart Publishing,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781782253693
1782253696
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages .)
Contents: Cover; Preliminary Pages; Contents; Introduction; Dark Shapes; Angels in the House; At Home with the Dombeys; The Disease of Reading; Pleasing and Teaching; 1. Criminal Conversations; One Person in Law; Newcome v Lord Highgate; Carlyle v Carlyle; Oh Reader!; 2. Fashionable Crimes; The Sensational Moment; Fashionable Crimes; Mrs Mellish's Marriages; The Shame of Miss Braddon; 3. Unnatural Mothers; The Precious Quality of Truthfulness; Hardwicke's Children; R v Sorrel; The Lost and the Saved; 4. Fallen Angels; Walking the Streets; The Murder of Nancy Sikes; Contemplating Jenny.
Summary: By analysing relevant statues alongside the literature of the time, Ian Ward investigates Victorian anxieties about the 'condition' of its women, concentrating in particular on four 'crimes': adultery, bigamy, infanticide and prostitution.

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