Disorder in the Court

Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century
Editor(s): 
Robb, George
Editor(s): 
Erber, Nancy
ISBN: 
033372562X
Date published: 
April 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
272

This collection of eleven essays by historians and literary scholars examines the role of the state in regulating sexual morality in France, England and the British Empire. Each essay focuses on a trial and the public debates surrounding it. The cases range from husband or wife murder, to divorce, child marriage and public indecency. The social conflicts bring to light differing ideologies of class, gender and sexuality in the age of the 'New Man', the 'New Woman' and the 'Third Sex'.