Thursday, April 01, 2010

Law and Literature. Avance bibliográfico. Legítimo e ilegítimo en la literatura victoriana y eduardiana



Michael Lobban, Margot Finn, Taylor Jenny Bourne (ed.),
Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-century Law, Literature and History
Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture). New York, 2010, 248 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-0230576520
This innovative collection of essays by prominent scholars from the disciplines of literary studies, history and law explores the many ways in which notions of legtitimacy were shaped and contested in Georgian and Victorian Britain. It probes the difficulties of drawing boundaries between the legitimate and the illegitimate which continued to trouble Victorian society and which were explored in novels such as Charles Dickens's Bleak House and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White. The essays in this collection show how dilemmas over legitimacy unsettled families by challenging clear lines of inheritence; they also unsettles society, as forgers and imposters defrauded individuals, estates and institutions through widely publicised social performances which fascinated both contemporary culture and called into question the idea of legitimacy itself.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Spurious Issues, J.B.Taylor, M.Finn & M.Lobban
The Barlow Bastards: Romance Comes Home from the Empire, M.Finn
On Settling and Being Unsettled: Legitimacy and Settlement around 1850, J.McDonagh
Unauthorised Identities: the Imposter, the Fake and the Secret History in Nineteenth-Century Britain, R.McWilliam
The Fauntleroy Forgeries and the Making of White-Collar Crime, R.McGowen
Commercial morality and the common law: or, paying the price of fraud in the later Nineteenth Century, M.Lobban
Dirty laundry: Exposing bad behaviour in life insurance trials, 1830-1890, T.Alborn
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
Margot Finn is Professor of modern British History at Warwick University. A former editor of the Journal of British Studies, she is the author of After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics, 1848-1874 and The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture, 1749-1914. Finn is currently researching a history of British families in India, c. 1760-1860, a project of which her contribution in this volume forms a part.
Michael Lobban is Professor of Legal History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Common Law and English Jurisprudence, 1760-1850 and A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World and is one of the authors of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, vols XI- XIII.
Jenny Bourne Taylor is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, UK. She has written widely on nineteenth-century literature and culture, in particular on the relationship between Victorian literature and psychology, and on constructions of illegitimacy in literature and law. She is currently co-editing volume three of The Oxford History of the Novel in English 1820-1880.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)

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