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The Victorians fearful approximately many stuff, widespread between their concerns being the 'condition' of britain and the 'question' of its ladies. intercourse, Crime and Literature in Victorian England revisits those specific anxieties, concentrating extra heavily upon 4 'crimes' which generated especial main issue among contemporaries: adultery, bigamy, infanticide and prostitution. every one engaged questions of sexuality and its law, felony, ethical and cultural, for which cause each one attracted the enormous curiosity not only of attorneys and parliamentarians, but additionally novelists and poets and maybe most significantly those that, in ever-larger numbers, cherished to go their relaxation hours examining approximately intercourse and crime. along statutes corresponding to the 1857 Matrimonial explanations Act and the 1864 Contagious ailments Act, intercourse, Crime and Literature in Victorian England contemplates these texts which formed Victorian attitudes in the direction of England's 'condition' and the 'question' of its ladies: the novels of Dickens, Thackeray and Eliot, the works of sensationalists corresponding to Ellen wooden and Mary Braddon, and the poetry of Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. intercourse, Crime and Literature in Victorian England is a richly contextual statement on a serious interval within the evolution of contemporary felony and cultural attitudes to the relation of crime, sexuality and the family.

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