Lois Bibbings: Stories about men, violence and law in late Victorian England
Watershed, 1 Canon's Way, Bristol, BS1 5TX
This talk will explore the 5 legal cases which are examined in Lois Bibbings’s book Binding Men: Stories about Violence and Law in Late Victorian England. The subject matter of Prince (1875), Coney (1882), Dudley and Stephens (1884), Clarence (1888) and Jackson (1891) ranged from child abduction, prizefighting, murder and cannibalism to transmitting gonorrhoea and the capture and imprisonment of a wife by her husband. The overarching tale told in the book and this talk is that in this period anxieties about the behaviour of the male of the species were reflected in judicial efforts (not all of which were successful) to rein men (and, in particular, English men) in by creating precedents as to the parameters of unlawful violence.
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