Writing British Infanticide: Child-Murder, Gender, and Print, 1722-1859

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"The essays brought together in this volume pose the question: How are we to understand the proliferation of writing about child-murder in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, or, more specifically, the overlap of an expanding print culture with the widely evident narration of this particular crime? Further, what are we to make of the recurrent and remarkably consistent representation of child-murder as the special province of unmarried, desperate women?" Writing British Infanticide demonstrates the ways that narratives of child-murder in
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Overview

"The essays brought together in this volume pose the question: How are we to understand the proliferation of writing about child-murder in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, or, more specifically, the overlap of an expanding print culture with the widely evident narration of this particular crime? Further, what are we to make of the recurrent and remarkably consistent representation of child-murder as the special province of unmarried, desperate women?" Writing British Infanticide demonstrates the ways that narratives of child-murder in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain reflect, and in certain ways elicit, complexity if not outright paradox: it was a capital crime for which most of those indicted received no punishment; a crime definitive of barbarity for which juries and many observing writers urged sympathy; a crime in which the consideration of alleged perpetrators' motivations repeatedly founders in an inability to understand the economic and the affective as related. So doing, it argues both for the role of "writing British infanticide" in an emergent professionalism dependent upon print and for the special utility of a focus upon child-murder to the evaluation of the mutual constitution of gender and class.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874138191
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: Stories of Child-Murder, Stories of Print 13
Pt. I Child-Murder's Writers and Readers
Beyond "Lewd Women" and "Wanton Wenches": Infanticide and Child-Murder in the Long Eighteenth Century 45
"Most Revoluting Murder by a Father": The Violent Rhetoric of Paternal Child-Murder in The Times (London), 1826-1849 70
"I would be a Witness against my self": Infanticide and Communion in Colonial New England 91
Fractured Narratives of Infanticide in the Crime and Execution Broadside in Britain, 1780-1850 112
Pt. II Infanticide, Print, and "the Public"
The Gender Dynamics of the Infanticide Prevention Campaign in Eighteenth-Century England and Richardson's History of Sir Charles Grandison 145
"I wou'd not murder my Child": Maternity and the Necessity of Infanticide in Two Novels by Daniel Defoe 172
Confession and Profession: Adam Bede, Infanticide, and the New Coroner 196
Whose Story Is This, and Who May Tell It? Medical Evidence versus "Common Capacity" in the Framing of the Elizabeth Canning case 218
Naturally Bad, or Dangerously Good: Romantic-era Narratives of Murderous Motherhood 236
Bibliography 265
Notes on Contributors 286
Index 288
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