A Jury of Her Peers? Women, Capital Punishment, and the Public Imagination



Zeit/Ort n.V.

  • Mo 14:15-15:45, Raum C 303 ICS

Suitable for BA, LA-Gym, & MA (see below)

This class will be meeting virtually on a weekly basis.
There is an extra virtual session on December 10 (Blocksitzung) and an in-presence joint student conference in Munich on Jan 28/29.


This course will examine the history of capital crime and constructions of the female criminal in popular culture, using examples from literature, film and court cases that have captured the public imagination. We will discuss literary fiction, film, and TV shows, alongside historic legal cases and debates over capital punishment and abolition. We will debate how gender, race, class, and sexuality shape narratives of crime and punishment. A focus on recurrent tropes of female criminality will allow us to investigate how constructions of taboo, monstrosity, pathological aberration, and the abject often fuel public interest and suspend discourse between sentimentalism, fundamentalism, and voyeurism in deeply problematic ways. Please note that the class addresses aspects of a history of violence, death, systemic racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, police brutality, religious discrimination and other topics, which we will seek to frame, contextualize, and discuss with mutual respect and sensitivity. We will seek to create a space of dialogue and reflection, but please be aware that a certain amount of explicit material may be unavoidable.

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Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 15