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Infanticide [electronic resource] : historical perspectives on child murder and concealment, 1550-2000 /
edited by Mark Jackson.
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2002.
xiii, 293 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
0754603180 (alk. paper), 9780754603184 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2002.
0754603180 (alk. paper)
9780754603184 (alk. paper)
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The trial of Harriet Vooght / Mark Jackson -- Accusations of infanticide on the eve of the French wars of religion / Luc Racaut -- Infanticide in early modern England / J.R. Dickinson and J.A. Sharpe -- 'The unfortunate maid exemplified' / Amy L. Masciola -- Bodies of evidence, states of mind / Dana Rabin -- Infanticide and the erotic plot / Johanna Geyer-Kordesch -- Infanticide, slavery and the politics of reproduction at Cape Colony, South Africa, in the 1820s / Patricia van der Spuy -- The murder of Thomas Sandles / Margaret L. Arnot -- Getting away with murder? / Hilary Marland -- Images and impulses / Cath Quinn -- The boundaries of her majesty's pleasure / Jonathan Andrews -- Legislating for human nature / Tony Ward -- 'Nothing in between' / Julie Wheelwright.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mark Jackson is Reader in the History of Medicine at the Department of History, University of Exeter, UK.
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Long Description
The history of infanticide from the 16th through to the late 20th century is the subject of this volume. Collectively, the contributions explore how the concealment of pregnancy, birth and death, particularly by unmarried women, became a central preoccupation of witnesses, doctors, courts and legislatures concerned with suspicious infant deaths. While the emphasis is upon Britain, original and stimulating accounts of infanticide accusations and trials in France, Germany, and South Africa provide compelling comparative analyses. Presenting a series of case studies, successive chapters expose striking continuities, across both time and space, in the social history of infanticide.Clearly written, focusing on a range of original cases and documents, and addressing critical historiographical questions, Infanticide will be invaluable to historians and students researching the social history of medicine, law, crime, and gender. In addition, it will appeal to lawyers, doctors, and others interested in understanding the historical roots of modern debates about infanticide.
Main Description
This book traces key developments in the social, legal, and medical history of infanticide from the sixteenth through to the late twentieth century, not only in Britain but also in France, Germany, and South Africa. Focusing in particular on debates about concealment, and on notions of historical continuity and change, it will appeal to historians of crime, gender, medicine and law.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tablesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Notes on the contributorsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
The trial of Harriet Vooght: continuity and change in the history of infanticidep. 1
Accusations of infanticide on the eve of the French Wars of Religionp. 18
Infanticide in early modern England: the Court of Great Sessions at Chester, 1650-1800p. 35
'The unfortunate maid exemplified': Elizabeth Canning and representations of infanticide in eighteenth-century Englandp. 52
Bodies of evidence, states of mind: infanticide, emotion and sensibility in eighteenth-century Englandp. 73
Infanticide and the erotic plot: a feminist reading of eighteenth-century crimep. 93
Infanticide, slavery and the politics of reproduction at Cape Colony, South Africa, in the 1820sp. 128
The murder of Thomas Sandles: meanings of a mid-nineteenth-century infanticidep. 149
Getting away with murder? Puerperal insanity, infanticide and the defence pleap. 168
Images and impulses: representations of puerperal insanity and infanticide in late Victorian Englandp. 193
The boundaries of Her Majesty's Pleasure: discharging child-murderers from Broadmoor and Perth Criminal Lunatic Department, c. 1860-1920p. 216
Legislating for human nature: legal responses to infanticide, 1860-1938p. 249
'Nothing in between': modern cases of infanticidep. 270
Indexp. 287
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