Women, Crime, and Character
From "Moll Flanders" to "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"
By (author) Nicola Lacey
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Women, Crime, and Character by Nicola Lacey
Book DescriptionIn the early 18th Century, Daniel Defoe found it natural to write a novel whose heroine was a sexually adventurous, socially marginal property offender. Only half a century later, this would have been next to unthinkable. Lacey explores the disappearance of Moll, and her supercession in the annals of literary female offenders by heroines like Tess, serving as a metaphor for fundamental changes in ideas of selfhood, gender and social order in 18th and 19th Century England. Drawing on law, literature, philosophy and social history, she argues that these broad changes underpinned a radical shift in mechanisms of responsibility-attribution, with decisive implications for the criminalisation of women. This book examines how the treatment and understanding of female criminality was changing during the era which saw the construction of the main building blocks of the modern criminal process, and of how these understandings related in turn to broader ideas about gender, social order and individual agency. Lacey tells the story of the shifting relationship between informal codes of norms such as the 'cult of sensibility' and the formal system of criminal justice, and of the impact on women and on understandings of femininity of these complementary systems of discipline. By drawing on a wide variety of sources, it casts light into corners which remain obscure in accounts informed by a single discipline.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199544363
(223mm x 144mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicola Lacey
In Search of Criminal Responsibility, Paperback (March 2016)
Through a combined philosophical, historical, and socio-legal methodology, this volume investigates the changing nature of criminal responsibility in English law from the mid-18th Century to the early 21st Century, arguing that ideas of character responsibility are enjoying a renaissance in the modern criminal law.
Lacey, Wells and Quick Reconstructing Criminal Law, Paperback (May 2010)
This truly groundbreaking textbook explores traditional and broader fields of criminal law and justice to give a full perspective on the subject.
Prisoners' Dilemma, Paperback (May 2008)
An examination of the institutional preconditions for a tolerant criminal justice system.
Life of H.L.A. Hart, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Nicola Lacey
H L A Hart was the pre-eminent legal philosopher of the twentieth century. This is both an intellectual and a psychological biography, following his life from modest origins as the son of Jewish tailor parents in Yorkshire to worldwide fame as the most influential English-speaking legal theorist of the post-War era.
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Author Biography - Nicola Lacey
Nicola Lacey is Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford.
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