Lutes 2014 Intimacy

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Author: Laura Anne Lutes

Title: Building Society and Governing Intimacy

Subtitle: Gender, Law, and Constructions of Sexuality and Courtship in Late-Nineteenth Century British Columbia

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Carleton University

Year: 2014

Pages: v + 132pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | Canadian History

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Abstract: »This thesis examines Victorian concepts of courtship, masculinity, and femininity in late-nineteenth century British Columbia as they were constructed, perpetuated, and understood through legal trials involving the crimes of seduction and abortion. With a focus on the capital city of Victoria and the interior resource town of Revelstoke, this thesis argues that case files, press reports, and associated political and legal texts allow scholars to gain a better understanding of Victorian ideologies, especially when contextualized within the moral and physical geographies of British Columbia. By paying greater attention to the discourses of gender and sexuality and how they intertwined with changing concepts of governance in late-Victorian British Columbian society, it is possible to have a more in-depth understanding of the province’s regional history. While the conclusions of this thesis resonate in a wider literature on the law, gender, and sexuality in this period, they also point to the need for more social histories of nineteenth-century British Columbia in order to better understand the province’s (re)making as a settler society and culture.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. ii)
  Acknowledgements (p. iii)
  List of Figures (p. v)
  Chapter One: Introduction: Finding Femininity, Masculinity, and Sexuality in Late-Nineteenth Century British Columbia (p. 1)
    Reading Sexuality and Intimacy in the Archive (p. 11)
  Chapter Two: Mapping Geographies of Space and Morality in Late-Victorian British Columbia (p. 22)
  Chapter Three: Late-Victorian Era Seduction and Constructions of Gender and Sexuality (p. 51)
    The Legal Politics of Seduction (p. 54)
    Gendered Identities on Trial (p. 66)
  Chapter Four: The Death of Mary Ellen Janes: Abortion, the Law, and the Construction of Respectable Masculinity in Victoria, British Columbia (p. 84)
    The Politics of Abortion, Medicine, and the Law (p. 87)
    The Case of Regina v. Garrow and Creech (p. 97)
  Chapter Five: Conclusion: Gender, Sexuality, and the Regional History of British Columbia (p. 115)
  Bibliography (p. 125)
    Primary Sources (p. 125)
      Newspapers (p. 125)
      Case Files (p. 125)
      Other Published Primary Sources (p. 125)
    Secondary Sources (p. 126)

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