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The Resource Unconscious crime : mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London, Joel Peter Eigen

Unconscious crime : mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London, Joel Peter Eigen

Label
Unconscious crime : mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London
Title
Unconscious crime
Title remainder
mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London
Statement of responsibility
Joel Peter Eigen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Unconscious Crime, Joel Peter Eigen explores cases in which defendants did not conform to the Victorian legal system's existing definitions of insanity yet displayed compelling evidence of mental aberration. They were - or claimed to be - "missing," "absent," or "unconscious": lucid, though unaware of their actions." "Based on extensive research in the Old Bailey Sessions Papers (verbatim courtroom narratives taken down in shorthand during a trial and sold on the street the following day), Eigen's book reveals a growing estrangement between law and medicine over the legal concept of the Person as a rational and purposeful actor with a clear understanding of consequences. Although the McNaughtan Rules of 1843 had formalized the criteria for the Victorian insanity plea, defense attorneys in the cases Eigen studies immediately attempted to broaden the definition of insanity to include mental absence. The Old Bailey judges and the physicians who testified as experts, however, were ever wary of these novel challenges to the idea of human agency and responsibility." "Combining the colorful intrigue of courtroom drama and the keen insights of social history, Unconscious Crime depicts Victorian legal and medical cultures confronting a new understanding of human behavior, and provocatively suggests these trials represent the earliest incarnation of double consciousness and multiple personality disorder in the English court system."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
REDDC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eigen, Joel Peter
Dewey number
345.42/04
Index
index present
LC call number
KD7897
LC item number
.E359 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2003 O-110
  • W 740
NLM item number
E34u 2003
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Insanity (Law)
  • Mental health laws
  • Insanity Defense
  • Insanity Defense
  • London
  • LAW
  • Insanity (Law)
  • Mental health laws
  • Great Britain
  • Toerekeningsvatbaarheid
  • Psychische stoornissen
  • Misdrijven
Label
Unconscious crime : mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London, Joel Peter Eigen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-218) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Double consciousness in the nineteenth century -- "Do you remember Cardiff?" -- "I mean she was quite absent" -- The princess and the cherry juice -- An unconscious poisoning -- Crimes of an automaton
Control code
70737536
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 223 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801881480
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)70737536
Label
Unconscious crime : mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London, Joel Peter Eigen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-218) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Double consciousness in the nineteenth century -- "Do you remember Cardiff?" -- "I mean she was quite absent" -- The princess and the cherry juice -- An unconscious poisoning -- Crimes of an automaton
Control code
70737536
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 223 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801881480
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)70737536

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