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Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England

Authors: Rabin, D.

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During the eighteenth century English defendants, victims, witnesses, judges, and jurors spoke a language of the mind. With their reputations or lives at stake, men and women presented their complex emotions and passions as grounds for acquittal or mitigation of punishment. Inside the courtroom the language of excuse reshaped crimes and punishments, signalling a shift in the age-old negotiation of mitigation. Outside the courtroom the language of the mind reflected society's preoccupation with questions of sensibility, responsibility, and the self.

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DANA RABIN is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the history of early modern Britain with an emphasis on law, gender, emotion, and identity and is the author of "Searching for the Self in Eighteenth-Century English Criminal Trials, 1730-1800".

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- '[Rabin] give[s] weight to abstractions like 'sensibility' as actual forces in the courtroom and in the reform movement.'

Paul Baines, Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol.42, no.1, 2008


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Crime, Culture, and the Self

    Pages 1-21

    Rabin, Dana Y.

  • ‘Of the Persons Capable of Committing Crimes’: Pleas of Mental Distress in the Eighteenth-Century Courtroom

    Pages 22-60

    Rabin, Dana Y.

  • Old Excuses, New Meanings: ‘Temporary Phrenzy,’ Necessity, Passion, and Compulsion

    Pages 61-94

    Rabin, Dana Y.

  • Bodies of Evidence, States of Mind: Infanticide, Emotion, and Sensibility

    Pages 95-110

    Rabin, Dana Y.

  • ‘An indulgence given to great crimes’? Sensibility, Compassion, and Law Reform

    Pages 111-141

    Rabin, Dana Y.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England
Authors
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50509-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230505094
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-3444-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-51716-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 234
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