Sample Praise for Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence
Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature should be commended for gathering together and exploring nineteenth-century cultural phenomena about the intriguing topic of self-defence and for contributing to a lively scholarly field concerned with the interrelations of masculinity and class in that period.
- Matthew Ingleby, Times Literary Supplement
While this book is intended for an academic readership, its clear and direct style make it accessible to anyone with an interest in the Victorian era. The points it makes, moreover, have a broader resonance. As a reminder of Victorian panics and the responses they provoked this work is a timely offering. - Jacob Middleton, History Today
In particular, the first and third parts, dealing respectively with the mid-19th century garotting (mugging) panics and the extraordinary civilian weaponry developed in response, and with Bartitsu and similar developments during the early Edwardian era, set new academic benchmarks for these subjects. Very strongly recommended! - Tony Wolf, The Bartitsu Forum
Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature is the newest addition to the Palgrave Macmillan ‘Crime Files’ series. While it might be expected that crime and self-defence would be linked, this given is not usually - or perhaps has not previously been - critically studied in depth. Emelyne Godfrey’s book innovatively addresses this lack. Godfrey contextualises self-defence in terms of print culture, history, politics, laws, cultural attitudes and responses to crime and violence, fashion history and gender relations (specifically focusing on contrasting visions of masculinity). These investigations are illustrated with interesting pictures and figures... This informative book is thoroughly recommended for anyone who has interest in gender studies, Victorian fiction and crime fiction. - Routledge ABES
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Sample Praise for Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence
Femininity, Crime and Self-Defense is a superb addition to New Woman studies and a potential rich resource for scholars in late-Victorian and Edwardian literary scholarship. - Lena Wånggren, University of Edinburgh, UK
Opening up new areas for research in the fields of women’s history, but also detective fiction and urban studies, this book’s major contribution to Victorian and Edwardian studies is in unsettling the reader's perceptions, insisting that we look again at what we think we already know. - Carolyn Oulton, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Emelyne Godfrey’s Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society: From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes is a fascinating historical and literary read, which considers Wells’ Ann Veronica from an innovative angle, that of martial arts and women’s sports. - Dr Emma V. Miller, H. G. Wells Society
Adroitly addressing the challenging topic of women’s self-defence during the ‘long Victorian period’ via examples ranging from H.G. Wells’ Ann Veronica to the martial arts training of the Suffragettes, Emelyne Godfrey’s book is recommended as a worthy companion volume to her Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence. - Tony Wolf, The Bartitsu Forum
The extensive body of scholarship dedicated to the endangered, criminalized and sensationalized Victorian female has left little scope for new perspectives on her relation to harm. Yet Emelyne Godfrey finds a refreshing angle, examining the manifold and often ingenious tactics of self-defence available to middle-class women and propagated by modes of literary and societal instruction. … It’s worth reading for the photographs of Edith Garraud [sic] executing a ju-jitsu throw on a policeman alone.
- Alixia Rix, Times Literary Supplement
The only other book like this is the earlier by Godfrey herself: to produce another piece of work so scholarly but which is such an enthralling read is a very impressive achievement indeed. Professor Simon James, The Wellsian: The Journal of the H.G. Wells Society