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Apprehending the Criminal: The Production of Deviance in Nineteenth-Century Discourse (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

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In this wide-ranging analysis, Marie-Christine Leps traces the production and circulation of knowledge about the criminal in nineteenth-century discourse, and shows how the delineation of deviance served to construct cultural norms. She demonstrates how the apprehension of crime and criminals was an important factor in the establishment of such key institutions as national systems of education, a cheap daily press, and various welfare measures designed to fight the spread of criminality.

Leps focuses on three discursive practices: the emergence of criminology, the development of a mass-produced press, and the proliferation of crime fiction, in both England and France. Beginning where Foucault's work Discipline and Punish ends, Leps analyzes intertextual modes of knowledge production and shows how the elaboration of hegemonic truths about the criminal is related to the exercise of power.

The scope of her investigation includes scientific treatises such as Criminal Man by Cesare Lombroso and The English Convict by Charles Goring, reports on the Jack the Ripper murders in The Times and Le Petit Parisien, the Sherlock Holmes stories, Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and novels by Zola and Bourget.

This work will be indispensable to all readers interested in discourse analysis, and to scholars and students of literary and cultural studies, anthropology, criminology, nineteenth-century history, and interdisciplinary studies.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-254) and index.

About the Author

"Apprehending the Criminal can stand comparison with Foucault's own work. . . . It is a major and original contribution to historical discourse analysis."—Timothy J. Reiss, New York University
"Discourse analysis is now practiced by many scholars around the world, but I know of no study as complete and as persuasive as this one."—Wlad Godzich, University of Geneva

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822312710
Author:
Leps, Marie-Christine
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Stanley Fish
Author:
Leps, Marie-Christine
Author:
Fish, Stanley
Author:
Leps
Author:
Jameson, Fredric
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Semantics
Subject:
Discourse analysis
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Crime in literature
Subject:
Crime in mass media.
Subject:
Criminology -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Series Volume:
CP (EP) WNR90-91-6
Publication Date:
19920831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 tables
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.23x6.05x.84 in. 1.05 lbs.

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