"As the times want him to decide": the lives and times of Florence Maybrick, 1891-2015

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dc.contributor.author Miller, Noah
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-06T19:23:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-06T19:23:50Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-09-06
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10039
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines major publications produced between 1891-2015 that portray the trial of Florence Maybrick. Inspired by Paul Davis’ Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge, it considers the various iterations of Florence’s story as “protean fantasies,” in which the narrative changed to reflect the realities of the time in which it was (re)written. It tracks shifting patterns of emphasis and authors’ rigid conformity to associated sets of discursive strategies to argue that this body of literature can be divided into three distinct epochs. The 1891-1912 era was characterized by authors’ instrumentalization of sympathy on Florence’s behalf in response to contemporary concerns about the administration of criminal justice in England. From 1923 until 1964, this “Victorian tragedy” was re-structured according to the tropes of detective fiction and non-fiction crime writing in a cultural atmosphere increasingly preoccupied with postmodernism, “the psychological,” and shifting gender relations. The concept of the “permissive society” and emergence of “new social history” following the late 1960s and early 70s produced a revised version of the story that accentuated aspects of the case that were illustrative of the structures of Victorian society. As such, this thesis is a metahistorical examination of how authors’ approaches to the question of whether or not Florence poisoned her husband in 1889 have been shaped by contemporary mentalités. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Florence Maybrick en_US
dc.subject Historical Representation en_US
dc.subject Arsenic Poisoning en_US
dc.subject Anglo-American imagination en_US
dc.subject Narrative structure en_US
dc.subject Administration of criminal justice en_US
dc.title "As the times want him to decide": the lives and times of Florence Maybrick, 1891-2015 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Devereaux, Simon
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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