Violent Women And Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine and Victorian Popular Culture

Hardcover | September 15, 2007

byAndrew Mangham

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This new study explores the way that stories and images of 'explosive' femininity worked across generic and disciplinary boundaries during the Victorian era. Andrew Mangham explores the era's problematic criminalisation of female behaviour with reference to medical theories on women's psychology, reports of notorious criminal cases, like Constance Kent's and Madeline Smith's, and the popular fictions of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood and Wilkie Collins.

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This new study explores the way that stories and images of 'explosive' femininity worked across generic and disciplinary boundaries during the Victorian era. Andrew Mangham explores the era's problematic criminalisation of female behaviour with reference to medical theories on women's psychology, reports of notorious criminal cases, li...

ANDREW MANGHAM is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.82 × 5.79 × 0.76 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230545211

ISBN - 13:9780230545212

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Explosive Materials: Legal, Medical and Journalistic Profiles of the Violent Woman * 'The Terrible Chemistry of Nature': Literary Representations of the Road Murder * 'Frail Erections': Exploiting Violent Women in the Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon * 'Nest-Building Apes': Female Follies and Bourgeois Culture in the Novels of Mrs Henry Wood * Hidden Shadows: Dangerous Women and Obscure Diseases in the Novels of Wilkie Collins * Conclusion * Bibliography * Index