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Type: Journal article
Title: Emotions, the law and the press in Britain: seduction and breach of promise suits, 1780-1830
Author: Barclay, K.
Citation: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2016; 39(2):267-284
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1754-0194
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Katie Barclay
Abstract: The role played by the press in shaping emotions is a topic of increasing interest. Moral panics and sexual scandals have long been recognised as key discursive sites in the shaping of modern Britain. This article contributes to that debate with an exploration of how the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century press shaped an emotional public opinion through the reporting of breach of promise and seduction suits. It argues that the press directed men into roles as defenders of the nation through their protection of female virtue, using emotion to invest the British public in nation-building.
Keywords: Law; press; emotion; seduction; gender; breach of promise; nation
Rights: © 2015 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
RMID: 0030051917
DOI: 10.1111/1754-0208.12330
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