The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siecle
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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In 1901, R. W. Paul, one of Britain’s first filmmakers, released The Countryman and the Cinematograph, a film that reflexively “explains” cinema just five years into this new narrative form. It depicts a countryman at the movies, who mistakes cinematic illusion for real-world phenomena: he attempts to dance with a lovely on-screen dancing girl ...
PART ONE: DETECTIVE SERIES
ONE: Private and Public Eyes - Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Woman
Consider figure 7, an illustration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia,” the first installment in what would become a long-running, endlessly influential series of short detective stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. Outside the context of the narrative, the image seems to represent an exchange of glances between a young man passing ...
TWO: Beautiful For Ever! - Cosmetics, Consumerism, L. T. Meade, and Madame Rachel
At the end of the last chapter, I turned from the criminological gaze to the consumerist image: let me brie›y recapitulate why this move is central to my project. As an image and representation, the female criminal unites two distinct and conflicting conceptions of visibility in late- Victorian crime fiction. In criminological discourse, as we saw in the last ...
PART TWO: CRIME FILM
THREE: The Limits of the Gaze - Class, Gender, and Authority in Early British Cinema
Historians of film debate such basic questions as who invented cinema and what year it first appeared, but all now agree that the early film archive, once relegated to the embarrassing category of “primitive” filmmaking, is a rich trove for understanding modern developments in culture, narrative, and visuality.1 In Britain, the Lumière brothers’ films ...
PART THREE: DYNAMITE NARRATIVE
FOUR: Dynamite, Interrupted - Gender in James’s and Conrad’s Novels of Failed Terror
Henry James’s 1886 novel The Princess Casamassima and Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent are in many ways two very different works—different in tone, style, and narrative voice—but both participate in a popular genre of crime narrative that emerged in 1880s Britain: the “dynamite novel.” Dynamite narrative treats the characteristically ...
FIVE: “An Invitation to Dynamite” - Female Revolutionaries in Late-Victorian Dynamite Narrative
Nineteenth-century iconography commonly represented “the spirit of revolution” with the image of a woman, but with the rise of dynamite narrative in the 1880s, female revolutionaries emerged as complex characters rather than abstract or allegorical symbols.1 There were hardly any real female political criminals in fin de siècle Britain, until the ...
Sabotage, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1936 film adaptation of
Page Count: 295
Illustrations: 30 B&W illustrations
Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 436155908
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