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Trial by jury and newspaper reportage: re-writing women’s stories from legal transcripts and contemporaneous journalism

journal contribution
posted on 06.07.2018, 00:00 by Donna Brien, R Franks
High-profile criminal cases often pique intense public interest at the time they are being acted out in the courts, and some cases maintain a place in the popular imagination. A few cases will result in narratives that successfully re-narrate the protagonists’ stories in what could be described as fully fleshed, satisfying biographical studies. This article examines the high profile cases of Mary Dean (poisoned by her husband in 1895) and Mary Jane Hicks (sexually assaulted by a gang of men in 1886) and how their stories, reduced to the facts distilled from copious legal documentation and newspaper reportage, have seen these women fade; their stories, though repeatedly re-told, contain both Dean and Hicks as unimagined and obscure.

History

Issue

Special issue 37

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

ISSN

1327-9556

Publisher

Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Additional Rights

Freely available from journal website.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Newcastle, Australia

Author Research Institute

Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP)

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses