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Child Murder and British Culture, 1720-1900

byJosephine McDonagh

Paperback | January 21, 2008

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Josephine McDonagh examines the concept of child murder in British culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by analyzing texts drawn from economics, philosophy, law, and medicine, as well as literature. McDonagh highlights the ways in which child murder echoes and reverberates in a variety of cultural debates and social practices. She traces a trajectory from Swift's A Modest Proposal through the debates on the New Woman at the turn of the twentieth century by way of Burke, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, George Eliot, George Egerton, and Thomas Hardy, among others.
Josephine McDonagh is Reader in Romantic and Victorian Culture in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of De Quincey's Disciplines (1994) and George Eliot (1997) and co-editor of Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2001).
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Title:Child Murder and British Culture, 1720-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on references; List of abbreviations; Introduction: plots and protagonists; 1. Child murder and commercial society in the early eighteenth century; 2. 'A squeeze in the neck for bastards': the uncivilised spectacle of child-killing in the 1770s and 1780s; 3. 1789/1803: Martha Ray, the mob, and Malthus's Mistress of the Feast; 4. 'Bright and countless everywhere': the New Poor Law and the politics of prolific reproduction in 1839; 5. 'A nation of infanticides': child murder and the national forgetting in Adam Bede; 6. Wragg's daughters: child murder towards the fin de siècle; 7. English babies and Irish changelings; Appendix: on the identity of 'Marcus'; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"One of the singular accomplishments of this volume is that McDonagh has focused her attention on the consumers of these literary works and philosophical treatises, speculating on the likely transformative effect that engagement with these motifs could produce." Eighteent-Century Fiction Joel Peter Eigen, Franklin and Marshall College