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Women, crime and character in twentieth century law and literature: in search of the modern Moll Flanders

Lacey, Nicola (2018) Women, crime and character in twentieth century law and literature: in search of the modern Moll Flanders. LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers (20/2017). London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Law, London, UK.

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Identification Number: 10.2139/ssrn.3083981

Abstract

The twentieth century saw decisive changes in women’s legal, social, economic and political position. But how far have these changes been reflected in women’s position as subjects of criminalisation in the courts, in legal thought or in literary fiction? This paper takes up the story of the gradual marginalisation of criminal women in both legal and literary history, asking whether a criminal heroine such as Moll Flanders (1722) is thinkable again, and what this can tell us about conceptions of women as subjects of criminal law. How far do the conceptions of, and dilemmas about, female subjectivity, agency, capacity and character which emerge successively in 20th Century literary culture reflect and illuminate the relevant patterns and debates in criminal law and philosophy?

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/wps/index.htm
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 14:53
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2019 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87574

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