Writing British infanticide : child-murder, gender, and print, 1722-1859 /
edited by Jennifer Thorn.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2003.
291 p.
0874138191 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2003.
0874138191 (alk. paper)
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Introduction : Stories of child-murder, stories of print / Jennifer Thorn -- Beyond "lewd women" and "wanton wenches" : infanticide and child-murder in the long eighteenth century / Dana Rabin -- "Most revolting murder by a father" : the violent rhetoric of paternal child-murder in the Times (London), 1826-1849 / Melissa Valiska Gregory -- "I would be a witness against my self" : infanticide and communion in colonial New England / Laura Henigman -- Fractured narratives of infanticide in the crime and execution broadside in Britain, 1780-1850 / Miriam Jones -- The gender dynamics of the infanticide prevention campaign in eighteenth-century England and Richardson's history of Sir Charles Grandison / Lisa Zunshine -- "I wou'd not murder my child" : maternity and the necessity of infanticide in two novels by Daniel Defoe / Toni Bowers -- Confession and profession : Adam Bede, infanticide, and the new coroner / Laura C. Berry -- Whose story is this, and who may tell it? : medical evidence versus "common capacity" in the framing of the Elizabeth Canning Case / Judith Moore -- Naturally bad, or dangerously good : Romantic-era narratives of murderous motherhood / Julie Kipp.
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Writing British Infanticide tracks the ways that the circulation of narratives of child-murder in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain shaped perceptions and punishments of the crime and, more elusively, hierarchies of class and gender. 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, 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? Focusing on specific instances of the transformative effect of the circulation of narratives of child-murder, Writing British Infanticide takes as its purview not child-murder per se but the ways that writing about it credentialed and differentiated writers in different, but often overlapping, genres and moments in a key period in the expansion of print.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction: Stories of Child-Murder, Stories of Printp. 13
Child-Murder's Writers and Readers
Beyond "Lewd Women" and "Wanton Wenches": Infanticide and Child-Murder in the Long Eighteenth Centuryp. 45
"Most Revoluting Murder by a Father": The Violent Rhetoric of Paternal Child-Murder in The Times (London), 1826-1849p. 70
"I would be a Witness against my self": Infanticide and Communion in Colonial New Englandp. 91
Fractured Narratives of Infanticide in the Crime and Execution Broadside in Britain, 1780-1850p. 112
Infanticide, Print, and "the Public"
The Gender Dynamics of the Infanticide Prevention Campaign in Eighteenth-Century England and Richardson's History of Sir Charles Grandisonp. 145
"I wou'd not murder my Child": Maternity and the Necessity of Infanticide in Two Novels by Daniel Defoep. 172
Confession and Profession: Adam Bede, Infanticide, and the New Coronerp. 196
Whose Story Is This, and Who May Tell It? Medical Evidence versus "Common Capacity" in the Framing of the Elizabeth Canning casep. 218
Naturally Bad, or Dangerously Good: Romantic-era Narratives of Murderous Motherhoodp. 236
Bibliographyp. 265
Notes on Contributorsp. 286
Indexp. 288
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