Disorder in the Court

Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century

  • George Robb
  • Nancy Erber

About this book


This collection of eleven essays by historians and literary scholars examines the role of the state in regulating sexual morality in France, England and the British Empire. Each essay focuses on a trial and the public debates surrounding it. The cases range from husband or wife murder, to divorce, child marriage and public indecency. The social conflicts bring to light differing ideologies of class, gender and sexuality in the age of the 'New Man', the 'New Woman' and the 'Third Sex'.


gender Ideologie marriage morality social conflict

Editors and affiliations

  • George Robb
    • 1
  • Nancy Erber
    • 2
  1. 1.William Paterson UniversityNew JerseyUnited States
  2. 2.LaGuardia Community College, City University of New YorkUnited States

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