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When Women Kill : Questions of Agency and Subjectivity - Belinda Morrissey

When Women Kill

Questions of Agency and Subjectivity

Paperback Published: 13th March 2003
ISBN: 9780415260060
Number Of Pages: 256

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Why are we so reluctant to believe that women can mean to kill? Based on case-studies from the US, UK and Australia, this book looks at the ways in which female killers are constructed in the media, in law and in feminist discourse almost invariably as victims rather than actors in the crimes they commit. Morrissey argues that by denying the possibility of female agency in crimes of torture, rape and murder, feminist theorists are, with the best of intentions, actually denying women the full freedom to be human. Case studies cover among others the battered wife, Pamela Sainsbury, who garrotted her husband as he slept, the serial killer, Aileen Wournos, who killed seven middle-aged men in Florida between 1989 and 1990, Tracey Wiggington, the so-called lesbian vampire killer, and Karla Homolka who helped her husband kill two teenage girls in St. Catherines Ontario in 1993.

Traumatised Discourses: Narrations of Violent Female Subjectivities
Versions of the Self: Narrating the Subjectivities of Women Who Kill
Inconceivable Survivors: Battered Women Who Kill
Cultural Anxiety and Vampiric Voracity: Tracey Wigginton's 'Hunger'
Beyond Villainy: The 'Limit' Cases of Karla Homolka and Valmae Beck
Conclusion: An Odyssey around Violent Female Subjects
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ISBN: 9780415260060
ISBN-10: 041526006X
Series: Transformations (Routledge Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 13th March 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1