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Title Execution culture in Nineteeth Century Britain : From public spectacle to hidden ritual / edited by Helen Rutherford, Clare Sandford-Couch and Patrick Low
Imprint London ; New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2021
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 Modern History Library  364.660941 E96    DUE 06-29-23    30550100691375
Descript xv, 199 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series Routledge SOLON explorations in crime and criminal justice histories
Routledge SOLON explorations in crime and criminal justice histories
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
'[T]he broken stave at the top of the ladder of England's civilisation': representing the ending of public execution in 1868 / James Gregory -- Part 1. Going to see a man hanged -- 'A practice which wounds only the living': publicly punishing the criminal body in nineteenth-century Scotland / Rachel Bennett -- 'Every loathsome reptile form of vice and crime'. Formulations of the nineteenth-century London execution crowd: fears, fictions and realities / Matthew White -- 'How murderers die': the impact of the 1868 abolition of public execution on life-writing by executioners / Katherine Ebury -- 'Stand in the place of those executed': interpreting capital punishment in UK prison museums / Rhiannon Pickin -- Part 2. 'One had better narrate the circumstances as they occurred' -- '[...] were sensation our object, it would not be difficult to cull from the Newgate Calendar': periodical journalism and distaste for public executions, c. 1830-1870 / Samuel Saunders -- George Vass: the making and un-making of a criminal monster / Helen Rutherford and Clare Sandford-Couch -- The 'hermetically sealed' prison: witnessing executions in the north east of England 1868-1878 / Patrick Low -- The only consolation is that the criminal is not a Welshman: the foreign-born men hanged in Wales, 1840-1900 / Stephanie Emma Brown
"This edited collection offers multi-disciplinary reflections and analysis on a variety of themes centred on nineteenth century executions in the UK, many specifically related to the fundamental change in capital punishment culture as the execution moved from the public arena to behind the prison wall. By examining a period of dramatic change in punishment practice, this collection of essays provides a fresh historical perspective on nineteenth century execution culture, with a focus on Scotland, Wales and the regions of England. Public Spectacle to Hidden Ritual has two parts. Part 1 addresses the criminal body and the witnessing of executions in the nineteenth century, including studies of the execution crowd and executioners' memoirs, as well as reflections on the experience of narratives around capital punishment in museums in the present day. Part 2 explores the treatment of the execution experience in the print media, from the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The collection draws together contributions from the fields of Heritage and Museum Studies; History; Law; Legal History and Literary Studies, to shed new light upon execution culture in nineteenth century Britain. The volume will be of interest to students and academics, in the fields of criminology; heritage and museum studies; history; law; legal history; medical humanities, and socio-legal studies"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: From public spectacle to hidden ritual London ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2021 9780429318832 (DLC) 2020010807
Subject Public executions -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Capital punishment -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Alt Author Rutherford, Helen, editor
Sandford-Couch, Clare, editor
Low, Patrick, editor
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