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dc.contributor.supervisor Morgentaler, Goldie
dc.contributor.author Barnhill, Gretchen H.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-13T20:30:06Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-13T20:30:06Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/241
dc.description vii, 163 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract In the Victorian novel, gender-based social norms dictated appropriate behaviour. Female wrongdoing was not only judged according to the law, but also according to the idealized conception of womanhood. It was this implicit cultural measure, and how far the woman contravened the feminine norms of society, that defined her criminal act rather than the act itself or the injury her act inflicted. When a woman deviated from the Victorian construction of the ideal woman, she was stigmatized and labelled. The fallen woman was viewed as a moral menance, a contagion. Foreign women who committed crimes were judged for their 'lack of Englishness.' Insanity evolved into not only a medical explanation for bizarre behaviour, but also a legal explanation for criminal behaviour. Finally, the habitual woman criminal and the infanticidal mother were seen as unnatural. Regardless of the crime committed, female criminals were ostracized and removed from 'respectable' English society. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2005 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism en
dc.subject Feminism and literature -- History -- 19th century en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Sex role in literature en
dc.subject Moral conditions in literature en
dc.subject Women in literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century en
dc.title Fallen angels : female wrongdoing in Victorian novels en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Department of English
dc.degree.level Masters


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