This edited collection examines gendered representations of "evil" in history, the arts, and literature. Scholars often explore the relationships between gender, sex, and violence through theories of inequality, violence against women, and female victimization, but what happens when women are the perpetrators of violent or harmful behavior? How do we define "evil"? What makes evil men seem different from evil women? When women commit acts of violence or harmful behavior, how are they represented differently from men? How do perceptions of class, race, and age influence these representations? How have these representations changed over time, and why? What purposes have gendered representations of evil served in culture and history? What is the relationship between gender, punishment of evil behavior, and equality?
Table of Contents
Introduction: Gender and the Representation of Evil
[Lynne Fallwell and Keira V. Williams]
Section I: Narrative Foundations
1. Fifty Sisters Can’t All Be Bad: The Early Modern Reception of the Legend of Albina
2. Demanding an Explanation: Rhetorical Apologia and the Construction of Evil in Victorian Literature
3. Amazon, Goddess, and Valkyrie: Re-Reading the Roots of Female Sadism in Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis
Section II: True Crime
4. "Fashioned in the Image of the Devil": Murderess Maria Manning as "the Lady Macbeth of Bermondsey"
5. Gender and Calamity in the British Empire: The Murderous Duo of Raya and Sakina of Alexandria
6. Of Nurses and Nazis: Sister Pia and the Dachau Concentration Camp
7. Evil Women, Dead Babies: Infant Remains at Yewden Villa
[Hannah Friedman and Karen Taylor]
Section III: Women, Evil, and the Arts
8. Justifiable Homicide: The Life and Death of Carmen in Late Nineteenth-Century America
[Kristen M. Turner]
9. Woman as Perpetrator: Theatrical Representations of Lynndie England and the War on Terror
10. “Like PLO I Don’t Surrender”: Genealogies of Feminine “Terror” and the Evils of Orientalist Desire
Lynne Fallwell teaches in the Educational Psychology and Leadership Program at Texas Tech University.
Keira V. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.