Colloque : Femmes et criminalité dans les Iles britanniques et en Amérique du Nord depuis 1500

« Women and Crime in the British Isles and North America since 1500 »

Université de Lyon 2 & Université de Lyon 3,

11-13 September 2008

Conference organised by the Centre d’Analyses et de Recherches sur le Monde Anglophone (C.A.R.M.A.),

Université Lyon 2 and Université Lyon 3

Organising Committee: Professor Neil Davie (Lyon 2), Dr Pauline Blanc (Lyon 3), Professor Josiane Paccaud-Huguet (Lyon 2), Dr Rédouane Abboudahab (Lyon 2), Ms Emma Bell (Lyon 3).


Thursday 11 September (74 rue Pasteur, Lyon 2*)

8.30-9.00: reception & coffee

9.00: Welcome address (Amphithéâtre Fugier)

9.30: (Amphithéâtre Fugier) Plenary Session (Professor Martin J. Wiener, Rice University), “Why Have Men Been More Homicidal Than Women? A Review of Recent Explanations”

10.15-10.30: break

* All rooms at 74 rue Pasteur are on the ground floor

10.30-1.00: workshops:

1. Crime fiction. Chair: Maurice Chrétien (Université Lyon 2), AR46

Hubert Malfray (Université Lyon 3) “Women and Crime in Newgate fictions (1830-1847) – Bulwer-Lytton, Ainwsorth, Dickens and Thackeray”
Marion Del Bove (Université Lyon 3), “Lady Audley and Lydia Gwilt: Two Portraits of Sensational Criminals”
Marie-Odile Hedon (Université d’Avignon), “‘The Imp of the Perverse’: Female Crime Writers in Contemporary Scottish Fiction”
Delphine Cingal (Université Paris 2), “‘Deadlier than the Male’?: Women Killers in the Novels of British and American Women Detective Writers”

2. Maternity and Crime in England since the 18th Century. Chair: Helen Goethals (Université Lyon 2) AR48

Marisha Caswell (Queen’s University, Ontario), “Suitable Victims? Petty Treason, Infanticide, and Marital Status in Eighteenth-Century London”
Ginger Frost (Samford University), “An Unwilling Accessory”? Women, Men, and Illegitimate Child Murder in Victorian England”
Anne Chassagnol (Université Paris 10), “Angels of Death: Baby Farm Murderesses”
Martine Stirling (Université de Nantes), “From Infanticide to Abortion laws 1931 – 1967: Maternity and Women’s Sexuality as a Criminal Issue”

3. Women and Violence in the British Isles. Chair: Martin Wiener (Rice University) AR49

Lynn Robson (Oxford University), ‘Shee that was Hang’d and Afterwards Recover’d’: Reading the ‘Remains’ of 17th Century Female Murderers”
Anne-Marie Kilday (Oxford Brookes University), “‘Angels with Dirty Faces’: Violent Women in Early Modern Scotland”
Katherine Watson (Oxford Brookes University), “Women, Violence and the Criminal Law in Wales, 1730-1900”
Georgina Laragy (Oxford Brookes University), “Attempted Suicide in Ireland: Women and Self-Inflicted Violence in the Post-Famine Period”

1.00-2.30: lunch

2.30-3.15: (Amphithéâtre Fugier): Plenary Session (Professor Anne Fogarty, University College, Dublin), “Can You Dream What You Do Not Know?: Representations of Infanticide in Contemporary Irish Writing”

3.15-3.30: break

3.30-6.00: workshops:

4. Crime & Literature in the British Isles. Chair: Catherine Delesalle (Université Lyon 3) AR46

Annie Ramel (Université Lyon 2), “Tess the Murderess, Eustacia the Adder: Two Women ‘Criminals’ in Hardy’s Fiction”
Jean-Charles Perquin (Lyon 2), “Women, Crime, and the Victorian Dramatic Monologue”
Josiane Paccaud-Huguet (Université Lyon 2), “Antigone Lost in ‘the Nervous Fury of the Age of Bar-Rooms’: Winnie Verloc in The Secret Agent”
Claude Maisonnat (Université Lyon 2), “The Obscene Tragedy of the Death Drive in I Hardly Knew You by Edna O’Brien”.

5. Prostitution. Chair: Françoise Orazi (Université Lyon 2) AR48

Gail Savage (St. Mary’s, Maryland), Does a Wife’s Immoral Life Reveal a Husband’s Misconduct? Prostitution in the Divorce Court, 1858-1907”
Catherine Kohler (Université Paris 10), “White slavery in the 19th century -Were Women Innocent Victims or Willing Accomplices?”
Françoise Orazi (Université Lyon 2), “Who Commits the Crime? Prostitution in 19th Century Britain before the Contagious Diseases Acts”
Lynn Sacco (University of Tennessee), “‘The “Superstitious Cure’ in Europe and America: A Resilient, if Unproved, Belief”

6. Marginal Women in Early Modern England. Chair: Frédéric Herrmann (Université Lyon 2) AR49

Frédérique Fouassier (Université de Tours), “The Outsider Within, or the Construction of the Figure of the Prostitute in Renaissance England Official and Popular Discourses”
Frédéric Herrmann (Université Lyon 2), Voicing women’s Authority and the Construction of the Female Criminal: the Case of the Prophetesses of the Mid-17th c. English Revolution”
Chanda Halderman (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The Catholic Conundrum: Prosecuting Recusant Women in Early Stuart England: the case of Archbishop Laud, Henrietta Maria and Elizabeth Cary”
Leslie Skousen (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Benefit of Clergy and English Women in the 17th Century”

6.30: Buffet

Friday 12 September (74 rue Pasteur, Lyon 2)

9.00: coffee

9.30: (Amphithéâtre Fugier) Plenary Session (Professor Nicole Hahn Rafter, Northeastern University), “Theories of Female Criminality from Genesis to the Present”

10.15-10.30: break

10.30-1.00: workshops:

7. Crime and the North American Novel. Chair: Rédouane Abboudahab (Lyon 2) AR46

Caroline Garnier (Morehouse College, Atlanta), “Temple Drake’s Rape and the Myth of the Willing Victim”
Marie-Agnès Gay (Université Lyon 3), “From Confident to Murderer: the Meanders of Lucy Marsden’s Confession in the Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus”
Rédouane Abboudahab (Lyon 2), “Sacrifice and Self-sacrifice in Toni Morrison’s Fiction”
Elisabeth Bouzonviller (Université de St-Etienne), “Red Beads and Funeral Homes: Silences and Erasures in Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club”
Françoise Couturier-Storey, Université de Nice, “Re-writing a Woman’s Crime: Alias Grace and the Absence of Truth”

8. Punishment and the Law. Chair: Neil Davie (Université Lyon 2) AR48

Denise Guthrie (University of Essex), “Sex, Civilization, and the Punishment of Women in England, 1750-1868”
Krista Kesselring (Dalhousie University), “Coverture and Criminal Forfeiture in England”
Christopher Fritsch (Oxford University), “Women, Crime and the Criminal Law in Early Modern West Jersey and Pennsylvania: Understanding Their Transatlantic World, 1681-1700”
Alan McKinlay & Jim Smyth (University of St. Andrews/University of Stirling), “Voices from the Condemned Cell: Public Retribution and Moral Restitution in Scotland, 1832-1914”

9. Criminal Women, Cinema and the Media: History and Theory. Chair: Nicole Hahn Rafter (Northeastern University) AR49

Valentina Marinescu (University of Bucharest), “(‘Re’-) Constructing the Images of violence Against Women Through the Mass media: A Trans-Cultural analysis”
Janis Appier (University of Tennessee), “Armed and Dangerous: Gun-Toting Policewomen in the American Print Media”
Danièle André (Université de Corse), “Crimeless Femininity? Woman’s Identity in Science Fiction Movies”

1.00-2.30: lunch

2.30-5.00: workshops:

10. Crime in New York and London since 1800. Chair: Claudette Fillard (Université Lyon 2) AR46

Peter King (Open University), “Slipping Across the Invitational Edge: Female Offenders’ Own Descriptions of their Journeys into Theft and Prostitution in Early Nineteenth-Century London”
Elyssa Warkentin (Bilkent University), “It Takes a Woman to Catch a Woman-Killer: Ethel King versus Jack the Ripper”
Yann Phillippe (Université de Reims), “Women, Crime and the Wars on Crime in New York City, 1900-1940”

11. Policing and Prisons in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chair: TBC, AR48

Christina Parolin (Australian National University), The ‘She-Champion of Impiety’: a case study of a Female Political Prisoner in Early Nineteenth- Century Britain”
Kelly Donahue (University of Minnesota), Fanning the Sparks: Elizabeth Fry’s Views on the Female Prisoner in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain”
Neil Davie (Université Lyon 2), “Business as Usual? Britain’s First Women’s Convict Prison, Brixton 1853-1869”
Tri Tran (Université de Tours), “Female Juvenile Criminals and the State in 19th-Century Britain”

12. Prisons and Policing in 20th Century Britain. Chair: Keith Dixon (Université Lyon 2) AR49

Christian Auer (Université de Strasbourg), “Illegality, Criminality or Terrorism? Suffragettes and Violence”
John Carter Wood (Open University), “Police Powers and the Celebrity Female Victim in Mid-Interwar Britain”
Emma Bell (Université Lyon 3), “Female Offenders’ Involvement with the Criminal Justice System in Contemporary Britain: Towards Penal Progress?”

8.00: dinner

Saturday 13 September (15 Quai Claude Bernard, Lyon 3)

9.00: Coffee: B27

9.30-10.15: B23: Plenary session (Professor Robert Maniquis, University of California, Los Angeles), “Hester Prynne, Joan of Arc, and the Virgin Mary: Three American Heroines and How They Transcend Social Violence”

10.15-10.30: pause

10.30-13.00: workshops:

13. Social History of Crime, 16th-18th centuries. Chair: Neil Davie (Université Lyon 2) B24

James Sharpe (University of York), Women and Violence in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century England: Some Northern Evidence”
Robert Falconer (McEwan College, Edmonton), “‘Other Slanders, Detractors, and Staning’: Women, Crime and Power in Later Sixteenth-Century Aberdeen”
Luc Borot (Université de Montpellier 3), “The Bloody Inn-Keeper, the Dumb Girl and the Justice’s Miracle”
Carmel Hunt (Workers’ Educational Association), “Defying the Gender Role: A Comparison between Homicidal Women in London 1674-1704 and Convicted Female Killers in Twentieth-Century America”

14. Women in Early Modern Theatre. Chair: Pauline Blanc (Université Lyon 3) B25

Jean-Claude Mailhol (Université de Valenciennes), “Women as Criminals and Victims in 16th & 17th Century drama”
Pascale Drouet (Université de Poitiers), “Mary Frith alias Moll Cutpurse, Famous Female Offender against Convention in Early Modern England”
Francis Guinle (Université Lyon 2), “Adulterous Woman, Criminal Woman: Alice in Arden of Feversham”
Pauline Blanc (Université Lyon 3), “The Witch of Edmonton”
Christine Kiehl (Université Lyon 2), “Shakespeare Revisited? The Female Criminal in the Plays of Howard Barker”

13h: lunch

* List of participants

Rédouane Abboudahab, Université Lyon 2, France
Danièle André, Université de Corse, France
Janis Appier, University of Tennessee, USA
Christian Auer, Université de Strasbourg, France
Emma Bell, Université Lyon 3, France
Pauline Blanc, Université Lyon 3, France
Luc Borot, Université de Montpellier 3, France
Elisabeth Bouzonviller, Université de St-Etienne, France
Marisha Caswell, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
Anne Chassagnol, Université Paris 10, France
Delphine Cingal, Université Paris 2, France
Françoise Couturier-Storey, Université de Nice, France
Maurice Chrétien, Université Lyon 2, France
Neil Davie, Université Lyon 2, France
Marion Del Bove, Université Lyon 3, France
Catherine Delesalle, Université, Lyon 3, France
Keith Dixon, Université Lyon 2, France
Kelly Donahue, University of Minnesota, USA
Pascale Drouet, Université de Poitiers, France
Robert Falconer, McEwan College, Edmonton, Canada
Claudette Fillard, Université Lyon 2, France
Anne Fogarty, University College, Dublin, Ireland
Frédérique Fouassier, Université de Tours, France
Christopher Fritsch, Oxford University, UK
Ginger Frost, Samford University, USA
Caroline Garnier, Morehouse College, Atlanta, USA
Marie-Agnès Gay, Université Lyon 3, France
Helen Goethals, Université Lyon 2, France
Francis Guinle, Université Lyon 2, France
Denise Guthrie, University of Essex, UK
Marie-Odile Hedon, Université d’Avignon, France
Frédéric Herrmann, Université Lyon 2, France
Chanda Halderman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Carmel Hunt, Workers’ Educational Association, UK
Krista Kesselring, Dalhousie University, Canada
Christine Kiehl, Université Lyon 2, France
Anne-Marie Kilday, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Peter King, Open University, UK
Catherine Kohler, Université Paris 10, France
Georgina Laragy, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Jean-Claude Mailhol, Université de Valenciennes, France
Hubert Malfray, Université Lyon 3, France
Robert Maniquis, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Valentina Marinescu, University of Bucharest, Romania
Claude Maisonnat, Université Lyon 2, France
Alan McKinlay, University of St. Andrew’s, UK
Françoise Orazi, Université Lyon 2, France
Josiane Paccaud-Huguet, Université Lyon 2, France
Christina Parolin, Australian National University, Australia
Jean-Charles Perquin, Université Lyon 2, France
Yann Phillippe, Université de Reims, France
Nicole Hahn Rafter, Northeastern University, USA
Annie Ramel, Université Lyon 2, France
Lynn Robson, Oxford University, UK
Lynn Sacco, University of Tennessee, USA
Gail Savage, St. Mary’s, Maryland, USA
Leslie Skousen, University of Wisconsin, USA
James Sharpe, University of York, UK
Jim Smyth, University of Stirling, UK
Martine Stirling, Université de Nantes, France
Tri Tran, Université de Tours, France
Elyssa Warkentin, Bilkent University, Turkey
Katherine Watson, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Martin Wiener, Rice University, USA
John Carter Wood, Open University, UK

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