Twisting in the Wind
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Twisting in the Wind

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Women accused of murder in nineteenth-century England got bad press. Broadsides, newspapers, and books depicted their stories in gruesome detail, often with illustrations of the crime scene, the courtroom proceedings, and the execution. This sensational coverage fed the public appetite for stories of female deviancy and punishment.

Judith Knelman contends that the portrayal...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 21st 1998 by University of Toronto Press
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Helen Kitson
This book consists of a whistle-stop guide to a number of women hanged for murder during the early and mid 19th century in England and sets them within a social (and feminist) framework. The book charts the changing public and judicial attitudes towards murder and towards women. Earlier in the century, women were assumed to be intellectually inferior to men, governed by emotion rather than logic, and at the mercy of their reproductive system. There was therefore some paternalistic sympathy for t...more
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