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This conference addresses important changes in the representation of crime, litigation, and justice in Britain over the period 1660-1850, and particularly the constitution of public opinion about justice by "performances" which touched the emotions. The principal objective is to encourage a second wave of historical studies relating to the "theatre" of justice in this period; one that builds upon earlier work by transcending the boundary between courtrooms and the public gaze and recognizing the importance of representation and performance.

"Criminal Justice" During the Long Eighteenth Century: Theatre, Representation & Emotion in the Courtroom & the Public Sphere The Huntington

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This conference addresses important changes in the representation of crime, litigation, and justice in Britain over the period 1660-1850, and particularly the constitution of public opinion about justice by "performances" which touched the emotions. The principal objective is to encourage a second wave of historical studies relating to the "theatre" of justice in this period; one that builds upon earlier work by transcending the boundary between courtrooms and the public gaze and recognizing the importance of representation and performance.

    Welcoming Remarks by Steve Hindle and David Lemmings

    Welcoming Remarks by Steve Hindle and David Lemmings

    Steve Hindle and David Lemmings welcome participants and attendees to the "Criminal Justice During the Long Eighteenth Century: Theatre, Representation & Emotion in the Courtroom & the Public Sphere" conference, held at the Huntington Library on September 19-20, 2014. Hindle is the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington. Lemmings is Professor of History at the University of Adelaide.

    • 11 min
    Suffering, Sensibility, and Exculpatory Narratives in Parriccide and Petty Treason Cases, c.1690-1760

    Suffering, Sensibility, and Exculpatory Narratives in Parriccide and Petty Treason Cases, c.1690-1760

    Andrea McKenzie discusses, "'All the Ill-Usage She Had Met With': Suffering, Sensibility, and Exculpatory Narratives in Parriccide and Petty Treason Cases, c.1690-1760". McKenzie is a Professor of History the University of Victoria. This talk was included in the conference session topic titled, “Emotional Readings and Performances: Murder in the News”.

    • 50 min
    Emotion, Performance, and Child Murder in England and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century

    Emotion, Performance, and Child Murder in England and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century

    Dana Rabin discusses, "'It will be expected by you all, to hear something from me': Emotion, Performance, and Child Murder in England and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century". Rabin is a Professor of History and Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This talk was included in the conference session topic titled, “Emotional Readings and Performances: Murder in the News”.

    • 41 min
    Celebrating Criminality: The Fashioning of Criminal Celebrities and its Consequences in Eighteenth-century London

    Celebrating Criminality: The Fashioning of Criminal Celebrities and its Consequences in Eighteenth-century London

    Robert Shoemaker discusses, "Celebrating Criminality: The Fashioning of Criminal Celebrities and its Consequences in Eighteenth-century London". Shoemaker is Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History at the University of Sheffield. This talk was included in the conference session topic titled, “Shock and Awe, Sympathy and Entertainment: Crimes, Criminals, and Punishment in the News”.

    • 49 min
    Conflicting Emotions: The Lessons of Forgery for the History of Punishment in Eighteenth-century England

    Conflicting Emotions: The Lessons of Forgery for the History of Punishment in Eighteenth-century England

    Randall McGowen discusses, "Conflicting Emotions: The Lessons of Forgery for the History of Punishment in Eighteenth-century England". McGowen is Professor of History at the University of Oregon. This talk was included in the conference session topic titled, “Shock and Awe, Sympathy and Entertainment: Crimes, Criminals, and Punishment in the News”.

    • 46 min
    Rape: Words and Emotion in Eighteenth Century Print

    Rape: Words and Emotion in Eighteenth Century Print

    Dr. Esther Snell discusses, "Rape: Words and Emotion in Eighteenth Century Print". Dr. Snell is faculty and senior lecturer in criminology at Southhampton Solent University. This talk was included in the conference session topic titled, “Shock and Awe, Sympathy and Entertainment: Crimes, Criminals, and Punishment in the News”.

    • 36 min

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