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Femininity, crime and self-defence in Victorian literature and society : from dagger-fans to suffragettes

Author: Emelyne Godfrey
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Series: Crime files series.
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This exploration into the development of women's self-defence from 1850 to 1914 features major writers, including H.G. Wells, Elizabeth Robins and Richard Marsh, and encompasses an unusually wide-ranging number of subjects from hatpin crimes to the development of martial arts for women.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emelyne Godfrey
ISBN: 9780230300316 0230300316
OCLC Number: 792880346
Description: xiv, 192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Hot house flowers --
Safety in a 'dangerous novel' --
Introducing the texts --
pt. 1. 'A door open, a door shut.' On the street: 'No males at men to stare'? ; The lady is a tramp --
Danger en route: 'The adventure of the solitary cyclist' ; Panic on the line --
Behind closed doors in Mona Caird's The wing of Azrael (1889): Perils of the 'Marriage Market' ; 'Reading nature's plainest danger-signals' --
Perfect gentleman? --
Murder --
pt. 2. Fighting for emancipation. Elizabeth Robins's The convert: Looking after herself ; War with Mr. Wells ; Kicking the suffrage football ; Hatpins and dog-whips --
The last heroine left? Exercising freedom ; Lightning throws and waltzes with Watts ; Potatoes, policemen and Mrs. Garrud --
pt. 3. The pre-ware female gaze. Elizabeth Robins and the 'white slave trade' panic: Following threads ; Shutting in ; 'Houses of Hell' ; The girl with the lamp --
Read my lips: Richard Marsh's world of crime ; The plate-glass partition ; Cutting hair ; Handbags at dawn ; The missing jewel case ; The Ripper and his Shadow ; Trapped ; Death by chocolate --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Crime files series.
Other Titles: Femininity, crime and self-defense in Victorian literature and society
Responsibility: Emelyne Godfrey.
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