Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680-1760

Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680-1760

by Kirsten T. Saxton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754663647

ISBN-13: 9780754663645

Pub. Date: 08/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Arguing that the female criminal subject was central to the rise of the British novel, Kirsten T. Saxton provides fresh and convincing insights into the deeply complex ways in which categories of criminality, gender, and fiction intersected in the long eighteenth century. She offers the figure of the murderess as evidence of the constitutive relationship between

Overview

Arguing that the female criminal subject was central to the rise of the British novel, Kirsten T. Saxton provides fresh and convincing insights into the deeply complex ways in which categories of criminality, gender, and fiction intersected in the long eighteenth century. She offers the figure of the murderess as evidence of the constitutive relationship between eighteenth-century legal and fictional texts, comparing non-fiction representations of homicidal women in biographies of Newgate Ordinaries and in trial reports with those in the early novels of Aphra Behn, Delariviere Manley, Daniel Defoe, and Henry Fielding. As Saxton demonstrates that legal narratives informed the budding genre of the novel and fictional texts shaped the development of legal narratives, her study of deadly plots becomes a feminist intervention in scholarship on the literature of crime that simultaneously insists on the centrality of crime literature in feminist histories of the novel. Her epilogue shows that more than two centuries later, we still contend with displays of female violence that defy and define our notions of textual and sexual license and continue to shape legal and literary mandates, even as the lines between the real and the fictive remain blurred.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754663645
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Imagining murder in Augustan England: bodies of evidence; murder and gender; Moving violations: Aphra Benn, Delarivier Manley, and the romance of violence; 'Interesting memoirs of the most notorious characters': four 18th-century murderesses; 'The confines of virtue and the frontiers of vice': Daniel Defoe's Roxana, and Henry Fielding's Amelia; 'The prisoner at the bar': Mary Blandy and Henry Fielding; Epilogue; Select bibliography; Index.

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