This book applies three overlapping bodies of work to generate fresh approaches to the study of criminal justice in England and Ireland between 1660 and 1850. First, crime and justice are interpreted as elements of the "public sphere" of opinion about government. Second, "performativity" and speech act theory are considered in the context of the Anglo-Irish criminal trial, which was transformed over the course of this period from an unmediated exchange between victim and accused to a fully lawyerized performance. Thirdly, the authors apply recent scholarship on the history of emotions, particularly relating to the constitution of "emotional communities" and changes in "emotional regimes".

chapter 1|18 pages

Historicising Emotions

Performance, Sensibility, and the Rule of Law
ByDavid Lemmings, Allyson N. May

part I|64 pages

Feminine Performances and the Criminal Trial

chapter 2|20 pages

‘It Will Be Expected by You All, to Hear Something from Me’

Emotion, Performance, and Child Murder in Britain in the Eighteenth Century
ByDana Rabin

chapter 3|21 pages

The Prosecutorial Passions

An Emotional History of Petty Treason and Parricide in England, 1674–1790
ByAndrea McKenzie

part II|68 pages

Emotional Communities and Sensibilities

chapter 5|19 pages

Sympathetic Speech

Telling Truths in the Nineteenth-Century Irish Court
ByKatie Barclay

chapter 6|24 pages

Swearing and Feeling

The Secularisation of Truth-Seeking in the Victorian English Court
BySimon Devereaux

chapter 7|23 pages

Irish Sensibilities and the English Bar

The Advocacy of Charles Phillips
ByAllyson N. May

part III|67 pages

Emotional Regimes and the Legal Process

chapter 8|24 pages

Theatre of Blood

On the Criminal Trial as Tale of Terror
ByHal Gladfelder

chapter 9|22 pages

Doctor Dodd and the Law in the Age of the Sentimental Revolution

ByRandall McGowen

chapter 10|19 pages

Thomas Erskine and the Performance of Moral Sentiments

The Emotional Reportage of Trials for ‘Criminal Conversation’ and Treason in the 1790s
ByDavid Lemmings