Murderesses in German writing, 1720-1860 : heroines of horror

Susanne Kord

The way deviant women - murderesses, witches, vampires - are perceived and represented reveals much about what a society considers the norm for acceptable female behaviour. Drawing on extensive archival records and published texts, Susanne Kord investigates the stories of eight famous murderesses in Germany as they were told in legal, psychological, philosophical and literary writings. Kord interrogates the role of representation in legal judgment and the way the emancipation of women was perceived to be linked to their crimes. She demonstrates how perceptions of normal and criminal women permeated not only legal thought but also seemingly unrelated cultural spheres - from poetry, philosophy and physiognomy to early psychological profiling. A major work of German cultural history, this highly original book raises thought-provoking questions about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gender norms in ways that continue to resonate today.

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  • 1. Criminal women: on bodies, paradoxes, performances and tales
  • 2. The evil eye: witches
  • 3. The plague: vampires
  • 4. Pride: husband-killers
  • 5. Shame: child-killers
  • 6. The female self: poisoners
  • 7. The end: the etiquette of execution
  • Works cited
  • Index.

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書名 Murderesses in German writing, 1720-1860 : heroines of horror
著作者等 Kord, Susanne
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in German
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2009
ページ数 ix, 266 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780521519779
NCID BA9071682X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス