Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature

  • Authors
  • Emelyne Godfrey

Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 1-16
  3. The Garotting Farce: Armoured Masculinity and its Limits: 1851–67

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 19-27
    3. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 28-40
    4. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 41-57
  4. Anthony Trollope: Aggression Punished and Rewarded: 1867–87

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 61-76
    3. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 77-93
    4. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 94-111
  5. Physical Flamboyance in the Holmes Canon: 1887–1914

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 115-127
    3. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 128-146
    4. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 147-159
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 160-201

About this book


Now in paperback, this book considers crime fighting from the perspective of the civilian city-goer, from the mid-Victorian garotting panics to 1914. It charts the shift from the use of body armour to the adoption of exotic martial arts through the works of popular playwrights and novelists, examining changing ideals of urban, middle-class heroism.


Anthony Trollope English literature Victorian era

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