Female transgression in early modern Britain : literary and historical explorations
- edited by Richard Hillman (Université de Tours, France/Centre d'Ētudes Supérieures de la Renaissance-CNRS) and Pauline Ruberry-Blanc (Université de Tours, France/Centre d'Ētudes Supérieures de la Renaissance-CNRS).
- Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 
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- xii, 221 pages ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Contents: Introduction, Richard Hillman and Pauline Ruberry-Blanc-- Part I Imag(in)ing Female Transgression and Transgressors: Criminalising the woman's incest: Pericles and its analogues, Richard Hillman-- Body crimes: the Witches, Lady Macbeth and the relics, Diane Purkiss-- The Witch of Edmonton: the witch next door or Faustian anti-heroine?, Pauline Ruberry-Blanc-- Fact versus fiction: the construction of the figure of the prostitute in early modern England: official and popular discourses, Frederique Fouassier-- Appropriating a famous female offender: Mary Frith (1584?-1659), alias Moll Cutpurse, Pascale Drouet. Part II Reading (into) the Social Picture: Mothers, wives and killers: marital status and homicide in London, 1674-1790, Marisha Caswell-- Women and violence in 17th- and 18th- century England: evidence from Cheshire Court of Great Sessions, James Sharpe-- 'Angels with dirty faces': violent women in 18th-century Scotland, Anne-Marie Kilday-- 'The lowest and most abandoned trull of a soldier': the crime of bastardy in early 18th-century London, Jennine Hurl-Eamon-- Coverture and criminal forfeiture in early modern England, Krista Kesselring-- Index.
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Presenting a broad spectrum of reflections on the subject of female transgression in early modern Britain, this volume proposes a richly productive dialogue between literary and historical approaches to the topic. The essays presented here cover a range of 'transgressive' women: daughters, witches, prostitutes, thieves; mothers/wives/murderers; violence in NW England; violence in Scotland; single mothers; women as (sexual) partners in crime. Contributions illustrate the dynamic relation between fiction and fact that informs literary and socio-historical analysis alike, exploring female transgression as a process, not of crossing fixed boundaries, but of negotiating the epistemological space between representation and documentation.
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