Word Crimes Paperback

Blasphemy, Culture and Literature in Nineteenth Century England

by Joss Marsh;

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Word Crimes

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In 1883 the editor of a penny newspaper stood trial three times for the "obsolete" crime of blasphemy. The editor was G.W. Foote, the paper was the "Freethinker", and the trial was the defining event of the decade. This is a reconstructed account of blasphemy in Victorian England, retelling the forgotten stories of more than 200 working-class blasphemers, such as Foote, whose stubborn refusal to silence their "hooligan" voices helped secure the present right to speak and write freely, and whose "martyrdom" transformed blasphemy from a religious offence into a class and cultural crime.

Word Crimes by Joss Marsh was published by The University of Chicago Press in August 1998. The ISBN for Word Crimes is 9780226506913.

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Details for Word Crimes

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (August 1998)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages442
Thickness25 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1190799
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