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Title:Scotch Verdict
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Lillian Faderman
Publisher:Columbia University Press
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:320
Category:History, Non fiction, Scotland, Gender studies, The united states of america, Queer

Scotch Verdict by Lillian Faderman

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Scotch Verdict The year The place Edinburgh Scotland A student Jane Cumming accuses her school mistresses Jane Pirie and Marianne Woods of having an affair in the presence of their students Dame Cumming Gordon the wealthy and powerful grandmother of the accusing student advises her friends to remove their daughters from the boarding school Within days the school is deserted and the two women deprived of their livelihood Lillian Faderman award winning author of Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers gives an extraordinary rendering of the real life story on which Lillian Hellman based her famous play The Children s Hour Faderman reconstructs the libel suit filed by Pirie and Woods that eventually resulted in a scotch verdict a verdict of not proven or an inconclusive decision Through court transcripts judges notes and her personal reflections on the witnesses contradictory testimony and the prejudices of the men presiding over the case Faderman skillfully documents the social economic and sexual pressures that shaped the lives of nineteenth century women Provocative and compelling not only does Scotch Verdict point to the marginalization of women by raising issues of class gender and sexuality with respect to Pirie and Woods but also of race in its depiction of Jane Cumming the half Indian child who was born in India and out of wedlock to Dame Cumming Gordon s eldest son

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