Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 September 2013

272 Pages | 15 Halftones, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719082641

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Modern women on trial

Sexual transgression in the age of the flapper

Lucy Bland

Published by Manchester University Press

Gender in History MUP

  • Looks at several sensational trials involving drugs, murder, adultery, miscegenation and sexual perversion in the period 1918-1924, all with young female defendants
  • The trials were presented in the media as morality tales, warnings to young women of the dangers of frivolity, sensation-seeking and sexual transgression
  • No other book has explored the ways in which the law and the press contested the parameters of modern British womanhood in this period of the Great War's aftermath
  • Gives new understandings of early twentieth-century constructions of gender, marriage, extra-marital relationships, divorce, motherhood, race, national and imperial identities, the urban and suburban, work, leisure, and sexual morality

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