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dc.contributor.advisorPayne, Lynda, 1954- advisoren
dc.contributor.authorFogarty, Kimberly Ann, 1980-en
dc.coverage.spatialEnglanden
dc.date.issued2011-05-18
dc.date.submitted2011 Springen
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed on May 18, 2011en
dc.descriptionVitaen
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 97-106)en
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)--Dept. of History. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2011en
dc.description.abstractSensational murders were a popular topic for news pamphlets in England from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth. Early pamphlets are characterized by religious and dramatic imagery, but beginning in the late seventeenth century these documents began to focus more on legalistic details of the crimes depicted, with less emphasis on religious morality. Moreover, the pamphlets also show significant changes in the portrayal of gender over time. Using a qualitative rather than a quantitative research methodology, I analyze a sample of fifty-five English pamphlets printed between 1660 and 1700 describing murder cases. The thesis argues that they reveal a social anxiety toward unchecked patriarchy in conjunction with an enhanced depiction of female vulnerability. I place this evidence within the context of fears regarding increasing crime among some elements in society and the late seventeenth-century intellectual debate over the duties of a good father and a good ruler. A close reading of murder pamphlets demonstrates their authors constructed the narratives to play upon the early modern audience's fear of public disorder, not just in the area of crime, but also with respect to the unraveling of traditional gender roles. By comparing the depictions of murders in which men and women were both perpetrators and victims, it was possible to conclude that a compelling issue for late seventeenthcentury English society was disorder created, on the one hand, by men crossing the boundaries of conventional patriarchal roles and, on the other, by women whose activities were not monitored by an appropriate male figure. In particular, analysis of these murder narratives sheds light on the ensuing struggle and negotiation of gender boundaries that took place in the wake of profound changes in society following the Civil War and the Interregnum.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Murder pamphlets: reinforcing gender stereotypes? -- Aggressive men: a threat to social order -- Women and murder: vulnerability vs. culpability -- Conclusionen
dc.format.extentviii, 107 pagesen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/10775
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityen
dc.subject.lcshWomen -- Crimes against -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshCrime -- England -- History -- 17th century.en
dc.subject.lcshDeviant behavior -- England -- History -- 17th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshFemale offenders -- England -- History -- 17th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshSocial control -- England -- History -- 17th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshSex role -- England -- History -- 17th century.en
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Historyen
dc.titlePerceptions of gender in English news pamphlets 1660-1700en
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en


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