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Fatal FictionsCrime and Investigation in Law and Literature$
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Alison L. LaCroix, Richard H. McAdams, and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.001.0001

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Representing Anne Green

Representing Anne Green

Historical and Literary Form and the Scenes of the Crime in Oxford, 1651

(p.89) 5 Representing Anne Green
Fatal Fictions

Marina Leslie

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 recounts an astonishing tale of crime and punishment. In late November 1650 Anne Green, a twenty-two-year-old Oxfordshire servant, was hanged for the murder of her newborn child. But she did not die. When she revived on the anatomist’s table at Oxford University, she presented a unique legal, political, and rhetorical problem for the Oxford experimentalists who revived her. Was she guilty or innocent? Subject to the law or saved by God? Leslie explores how these questions were managed in a number of poems in English, French, and Latin by renowned Oxford scholars in 1651 and examines Green’s more recent literary legacy in novels by Ian Pears and others.

Keywords:   capital punishment, infanticide, murder, guilt and innocence, gender, history of medicine

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