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Men on trial : performing emotion, embodiment and identity in Ireland, 1800-45 /
Katie Barclay.
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Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019.
description
x, 269 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1526132923, 9781526132925, 9781526132932, 9781526132949
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Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019.
isbn
1526132923
9781526132925
9781526132932
9781526132949
contents note
Opening speeches: an introduction -- Law and lawyers: 'the prerogative of the wig' -- The stage: 'the court presented a very imposing spectacle' -- Bodies in court: 'Hogarth would have admired him forever' -- Speech, sympathy and eloquence: 'it is a voice full of manly melody' -- The cross-examination: 'he's putting me in such a doldrum' -- Storytelling: 'quoting the poet' -- On character and truth: 'you see McDonnell the value of a good character' -- Closing arguments: a conclusion.
abstract
Men on trial explores how the Irish perform 'the self' within the early nineteenth-century courtroom and its implications for law, society and nation. Drawing on new methodologies from the history of emotion, as well as theories of performativity and performative space, it emphasises that manliness was not simply a cultural ideal, but something practised, felt and embodied. Men on trial explores how gender could be a creative dynamic in productions of power. Targeted at scholars in Irish history, law and gender studies, this book argues that justice was not simply determined through weighing evidence, but through weighing men, their bodies, behaviours, and emotions. Moreover, in a context where the processes of justice were publicised in the press for the nation and the world, manliness and its role in the creation of justice became implicated in the making of national identity.
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11955887
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-262) and index.

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