True Crime and Baby Farming: Representing Amelia Dyer

Beyer, Charlotte (2015) True Crime and Baby Farming: Representing Amelia Dyer. Human, 5. pp. 101-117. ISSN 2232-9935

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Abstract

This article examines recent true crime writings about the nineteenth-century British practice of baby farming. The primary textual focus for my investigation of the representation of true crime is Allison Vale and Alison Rattle’s book, entitled The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money: The Story of Amelia Dyer. In the article I draw on a range of recent critical examinations of true crime and femininity, in order to provide an understanding of the context and depiction of baby farming. I also explore the questions raised by these portrayals of true crime, such as linguistic and gender-political dimensions of representation in Allison Vale and Alison Rattle’s book, in order to investigate the complexities inherent in contemporary recasting of historical and true crime.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: True crime, baby farming, Amelia Dyer, serial killer, femininity, Alison Rattle, Allison Vale
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Charlotte Beyer
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 10:09
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 04:49
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2508

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