Women, murder and femininity: gender representations of women who kill

Seal, Lizzie (2010) Women, murder and femininity: gender representations of women who kill. Cultural Criminology . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230222755

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Abstract

This book examines how women who kill have been perceived in terms of their gender, exploring how murder by women is seen as especially transgressive, and examining the impact this has on how women who kill are viewed. The study focuses on murders by women that are considered to be particularly unusual. Lizzie Seal develops a typology of five main representations of such women, including the 'masculine woman' and the 'witch', and uses it in order to analyse specific causes. The book covers well known examples such as Myra Hindley, Rose West, Lizzie Borden and Aileen Wuornos, as well as presenting original research into cases from mid twentieth-century England and Wales, arguing that portrayals of women who kill can shed light on the hopes, fears and anxieties of the wider culture.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0811 Deviant behaviour. Social deviance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology > HV6774 Crimes and criminal classes
Depositing User: Lizzie Seal
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 14:43
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2012 14:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41442
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