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Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England - Dana Rabin

Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England

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During the eighteenth century English defendants, victims, witnesses, judges, and jurors spoke a language of the mind. With their reputations or lives at stake, men and women presented their complex emotions and passions as grounds for acquittal or mitigation of punishment. Inside the courtroom the language of excuse reshaped crimes and punishments, signalling a shift in the age-old negotiation of mitigation. Outside the courtroom the language of the mind reflected society's preoccupation with questions of sensibility, responsibility, and the self.

- '[Rabin] give[s] weight to abstractions like 'sensibility' as actual forces in the courtroom and in the reform movement.'

Paul Baines, Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol.42, no.1, 2008

Crime, culture, and the selfp. 1
'Of the persons capable of committing crimes' : pleas of mental distress in the eighteenth-century courtroomp. 22
Old excuses, new meanings : 'temporary phrenzy,' necessity, passion, and compulsionp. 61
Bodies of evidence, states of mind : infanticide, emotion, and sensibilityp. 95
'An indulgence given to great crimes'? : sensibility, compassion, and law reformp. 111
The end of excuse? : James Hadfield and the insanity pleap. 142
From self to subjectp. 164
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ISBN: 9781403934444
ISBN-10: 1403934444
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 20th October 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1