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The Resource Victorian suicide : mad crimes and sad histories, Barbara T. Gates

Victorian suicide : mad crimes and sad histories, Barbara T. Gates

Label
Victorian suicide : mad crimes and sad histories
Title
Victorian suicide
Title remainder
mad crimes and sad histories
Statement of responsibility
Barbara T. Gates
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Viscount Castlereagh, leader of the House of Commons and architect of the Grand Alliance, committed suicide in 1822, the coroner's inquest could consider only two legal verdicts: insanity or self-murder. Public outrage greeted his burial in Westminster Abbey; the tradition lingered that a suicide's burial place be at a crossroads, with a stake through the heart to keep the lost soul from wandering. Probing a remarkable variety of sources and individual cases, Barbara Gates shows how attitudes toward suicide changed between Castlereagh's death and the end of the century. By 1900 the Victorians' moral censure of suicide and the accompanying denial that it was a widespread problem had been replaced by a more compassionate response--and also by an unfounded belief in a "suicide epidemic," which Thomas Hardy described as a "coming universal wish not to live.". Exposing a rich area of interaction between history and literature, and utilizing the methodology of the new historicism, Gates discusses topics ranging from the plot for Wuthering Heights to Victorian shilling shockers. Among other findings she includes evidence that Victorian middle-class men, particularly, tended to make suicide the province of other selves--of men belonging to other times or places, of "monsters," or of women. Originally published in 1988. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gates, Barbara T.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Suicide
  • Suicide in literature
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Suicide
  • Suicide in literature
  • Great Britain
  • Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Suicide in literature
  • Suicide
  • Suicide
  • Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste, Versicherungen
Label
Victorian suicide : mad crimes and sad histories, Barbara T. Gates
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-183) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • III. Cases and Classes: Sensational Suicides and Their Interpreters
  • IV. Bad and Far Better Things
  • V. Other Times, Other Cultures, Other Selves
  • VI. Monsters of Self-Destruction
  • VII. Suicidal Women: Fact or Fiction?
  • VIII. Century's End: "The Coming Universal Wish Not to Live"
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations
  • I. Verdicts
  • II. Willing to Be
Control code
ocn889255212
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (208 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400859566
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400859566
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt739xb4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889255212
Label
Victorian suicide : mad crimes and sad histories, Barbara T. Gates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-183) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • III. Cases and Classes: Sensational Suicides and Their Interpreters
  • IV. Bad and Far Better Things
  • V. Other Times, Other Cultures, Other Selves
  • VI. Monsters of Self-Destruction
  • VII. Suicidal Women: Fact or Fiction?
  • VIII. Century's End: "The Coming Universal Wish Not to Live"
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations
  • I. Verdicts
  • II. Willing to Be
Control code
ocn889255212
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (208 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400859566
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400859566
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt739xb4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889255212

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