Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature: Duelling with Danger (BOK)

Emelyne Godfrey

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This book considers crime fighting from the seldom explored viewpoint of the civilian city-goer. While rates of violent crime were generally declining, the period from the 'garotting' (strangling) panics of the 1850s to the First World War was characterized by a cultural fascination with physical threat and personal protection. As masculine violence became less tolerated, literary giants such as Anthony Trollope and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began to ask themselves which methods the pedestrian should employ in this new age. From the pistol duel to the Whitechapel Murders, the self-defence scenario provided an avenue through which contrasting visions of masculinity could be explored. Here, not only literary sources but artefacts tell some bizarre stories. Why was the truncheon-like stick known as the 'life-preserver' so dangerous, and what exactly was Sherlock Holmes' mysterious skill, 'baritsu'?


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Emelyne Godfrey
ISBN 9781137308511
Antall sider 216 Dimensjoner 13,7cm x 21,6cm x 1,3cm
Vekt 272 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900