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dc.contributor.authorEnglish, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-14T10:13:21Z
dc.date.available2019-02-14T10:13:21Z
dc.date.issued2020-03-26
dc.identifierhttps://repository.cardiffmet.ac.uk/bitstream/id/42161/%E2%80%98Much%20learning%20hath%20made%20thee%20mad%E2%80%99%20-%20Academic%20Communities,%20Women%E2%80%99s%20Education%20and%20Crime%20in%20Golden%20Age%20Detective%20Fiction.pdf
dc.identifier.citationEnglish, E. (2020) '‘Much Learning Hath Made Thee Mad’: Academic Communities, Women’s Education and Crime in Golden Age Detective Fiction', Women: A Cultural Review, 31(1), pp.23-51. DOI: 10.1080/09574042.2020.1723334.
dc.identifier.issn0957-4042
dc.identifier.issn1470-1367 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/10315
dc.descriptionArticle published in Women: A Cultural Review on 26 March 2020, available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09574042.2020.1723334.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the narrative of higher education, women and their communities have always posed as a threat to the male stronghold. Turning on the idea that women have historically been perceived as interlopers, and thus symbolically criminalised by their desire for admittance to scholarly and educational spaces, this article examines a cluster of Golden Age detective novels from the 1930s and 1940s (published at a time when it was still possible for women to study for but not receive a degree) in which educated women and criminality come into violent contact. Dorothy L. Sayers’s Gaudy Night (1935), Muriel Doris Hay’s Death on the Cherwell (1935), Gladys Mitchell’s Laurels are Poison (1942), and Josephine Tey’s Miss Pym Disposes (1946) are all set in women’s residential academic communities and place the question of women’s right to learning at the crux of their narratives. By invoking the concomitant history of women’s education, this article examines the way in which these authors use the genre’s tropes—guilt, criminality, and punishment as well as the generally stark dichotomy between ‘good’ and ‘bad’—to perform contemporary concerns about educated women and more specifically the fear that women are made monstrous, deviant, or corrupt by their contact with Higher Education. In the process they reveal the vulnerability of women’s institutions in the 1930s and 1940s and acknowledge the competing and incompatible demands of educated women’s personal and professional lives. Much of this is explored through a preoccupation with territory and the act of trespass: the communities, and the women in them, are perceived as dangerous and threatening and yet are themselves consistently under attack. By staging the educated woman as a criminal, or at least a suspected criminal, these texts make manifest her symbolic position in early twentieth century society: she is a woman made transgressive by her crossing of figurative and literal boundariesen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWomen : A Cultural Review;
dc.subjectwomen’s educationen_US
dc.subjectfemale communitiesen_US
dc.subjectgolden age detective fictionen_US
dc.subjectacademic crime fictionen_US
dc.subjectthe university novelen_US
dc.subjectDorothy Sayersen_US
dc.subjectGladys Mitchellen_US
dc.subjectJosephine Teyen_US
dc.subjectMuriel Doris Hayen_US
dc.title‘Much learning hath made thee mad’: Academic Communities, Women’s Education and Crime in Golden Age Detective Fictionen_US
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rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
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rioxxterms.versionofrecordhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09574042.2020.1723334
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rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2021-09-26
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