Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society

From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes

  • Authors
  • Emelyne Godfrey

Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 1-11
  3. ‘A Door Open, A Door Shut’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 15-25
    3. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 26-32
  4. Fighting for Emancipation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 67-85
    3. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 86-106
  5. The Pre-War Female Gaze

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 132-155
    3. Emelyne Godfrey
      Pages 156-157
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 158-192

About this book


This exploration into the development of women's self-defence from 1850 to 1914 features major writers, including H.G. Wells, Elizabeth Robins and Richard Marsh, and encompasses an unusually wide-ranging number of subjects from hatpin crimes to the development of martial arts for women.


English literature Victorian era women

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