Anna Jenkin, de l’Université de Sheffield, présentera sa communication “Condamner, imprimer et lire la meurtrière au 18e siècle à Londres et à Paris” le jeudi 12 février, de 17h30 à 19h30.
Maison de la Recherche de l’université Paris IV-Sorbonne (28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e), salle D421. Le séminaire est ouvert aux étudiants de Master et doctorat, ainsi qu’à toutes les personnes intéressées. En raison des contrôles à l’entrée du bâtiment, il est recommandé d’imprimer cette annonce et de la présenter à l’accueil.
It has been long accepted that women who committed murder in early modern Europe were treated differently from men both in the judicial system and in print culture because the act of murder committed by a woman was more transgressive and subversive than that committed by a man. But this close analysis of the judicial records of London and Paris and the print culture generated around particular cases of female-perpetrated murder will show that this was not the case. Judicially, female-perpetrated murder had low conviction rates in both cities and concern only really focused upon particular kinds of murderesses. In print culture generally cases of female perpetrated murder did not attract any interest at all, yet a very few cases attracted extraordinary levels of print and imaginative engagement. Gender cannot therefore be the only factor in understanding perceptions of the murderess for this this time period, and through the study of Parisian and London reactions to such women we can learn a great more about the specific environments of these two European environments during a period of dramatic change.