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Title:
Crimes of outrage : sex, violence and Victorian working women
Author:
D'Cruze, Shani.
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Publication Information:
DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
viii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780875802428

9780875805788
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV6250.4.W65 D4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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This book explores sexual violence against Victorian working women. The author examines how gendered notions inform both women's negotiation of relationships and men's aggression toward women.


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D'Cruze combines the history of crime with the history of sexuality. She examines physical and sexual violence against working-class women in Victorian England from a feminist perspective. The author views her study as extending Anna Clark's account of working-class gender conflict (Women's Silence, Men's Violence: Sexual Assault in England, 1770-1845, CH, May'87) into a later period. Drawing on extensive research in local court records in northwestern England, D'Cruze ( Manchester Metropolitan Univ.) examines physical and sexual violence in the settings that were central to working-class women's lives: home and family, workplace, leisure and courtship, neighborhood, and the courtroom. She suggests that the extent of violence against working-class women undermines the widely held view that this was a period of increased working-class respectability. She concludes that the declining rates of interpersonal violence and the greater stigma attached to violence and pregnancy outside of marriage in the 1920s indicates that the Victorian pattern of sexuality and violence was giving way to a new working-class culture. Upper-division undergraduates and above. H. L. Smith; University of Houston--Victoria


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