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Women, Murder and Femininity
Gender Representations of Women Who Kill
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
20 Oct 2010
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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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'The greatest strength of Seal's book is in expanding perceptions of gender constructions. This is an interesting and useful book for students, academics and practitioners, which makes an important contribution to our understanding of female murderers.' - Elizabeth Anne Gurian, The Howard Journal

'Not only is [the book] a good example of the best sociological, cultural and feminist scholarship, but it is also a pre-eminently readable and intellectually satisfying work.' - Pat Carlen, British Journal of Criminology


'...and important contribution to cultural (femanist) criminology...a compelling read.' - KULT-Online


Contents


Introduction: Women, Murder and Femininity
PART 1: FIVE GENDER REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN WHO KILL
PART 2: GENDER, MURDER AND MID TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLAND AND WALES
Gender Representations of Twelve Mid Twentieth-Century Women Accused of Murder
Conclusion to Part 2
Appendix - Two Further Cases from the Sample
Endnotes
Bibliography


Authors

LIZZIE SEAL is Lecturer in Criminology at Durham University, UK. She has written on perceptions of women accused of murder and public views of the death penalty in England and Wales.