Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England

Ian Ward


Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England

Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England

  • Title: Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England
  • Author: Ian Ward
  • ISBN: 9781849462945
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Hardcover



The Victorians worried about many things, prominent among their worries being the condition of England and the question of its women Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England revisits these particular anxieties, concentrating closely upon four crimes which generated special concern amongst contemporaries adultery, bigamy, infanticide, and prostitution EaThe Victorians worried about many things, prominent among their worries being the condition of England and the question of its women Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England revisits these particular anxieties, concentrating closely upon four crimes which generated special concern amongst contemporaries adultery, bigamy, infanticide, and prostitution Each engaged with questions of sexuality and its regulation as well as the legal, moral, and cultural concerns which attracted the considerable interest, not just of lawyers and parliamentarians, but also novelists and poets, and perhaps most importantly, those who, in ever larger numbers, liked to pass their leisure hours reading about sex and crime Alongside statutes such as the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act and the 1864 Contagious Diseases Act, the book contemplates those texts which shaped Victorian attitudes towards England s condition and the question of its women the novels of Dickens, Thackeray, and Eliot the works of sensationalists, such as Ellen Wood and Mary Braddon and the poetry of Gabriel and Christina Rossetti Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England is a richly contextual commentary on a critical period in the evolution of modern legal and cultural attitudes to the relation of crime, sexuality, and the family It is an important study for all those interested in law and literature, legal history, and criminology Subject Law and Humanities, Gender and the Law, Legal History, Socio Legal Studies, Criminology, Literary Criticism


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