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The subject of murder : gender, exceptionality, and the modern killer

Author: Lisa Downing
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The subject of murder has always held a particular fascination for us. But, since at least the nineteenth century, we have seen the murderer as different from the ordinary citizen--a special individual, like an artist or a genius, who exists apart from the moral majority, a sovereign self who obeys only the destructive urge, sometimes even commanding cult followings. In contemporary culture, we continue to believe  Read more...
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Named Person: Aileen Wuornos; Pierre François Lacenaire; Myra Hindley; Marie Lafarge; Dennis Andrew Nilsen; Jack, the Ripper.; Aileen Wuornos; Pierre François Lacenaire; Myra Hindley; Marie Lafarge; Dennis Andrew Nilsen; Jack, the Ripper.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Downing
ISBN: 9780226003405 022600340X 9780226003542 022600354X
OCLC Number: 796002517
Description: viii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Murder and gender in the European nineteenth century --
"Real murderer and false poet": Pierre-François Lacenaire --
The "angel of arsenic": Marie Lafarge --
The beast in man: Jack and the rippers who came after --
The twentieth-century Anglo-American killer --
"Infanticidal" femininity: Myra Hindley --
"Monochrome man": Dennis Nilsen --
Serial killing and the dissident woman: Aileen Wuornos --
Kids who kill: defying the stereotype of the murderer --
By way of brief conclusion.
Responsibility: Lisa Downing.

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