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Title: Character, evidence and advocacy : representing reality in nineteenth-century law and literature
Author: Nicholson , Jennifer Clare
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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The 1836 Prisoners' Counsel Act afforded all prisoners the right to full legal representation. Thereafter, the focus of felony trial proceedings shifted from the accused's character to the forensic scrutiny of evidence by advocates for both sides. This thesis examines the ways in which novels which focused on the presentation and revelation of character remained committed to a character-focused model of representation and how, conversely, writers of sensation and detective fiction began to appropriate the adversarial-evidentiary representational practices which flourished in criminal courts post- l836, and endorsed them as an alternative and more effective means of representing reality.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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