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Criminal Conversations: Sentimentality and Nineteenth-Century Legal Stories of Adultery Paperback – Jan 11 1999

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Casebook ed edition (Jan. 11 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231105096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231105095
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,043,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recommended... for its impressive clarity, incisive analysis, mastery of sources, and timeliness.

(E. Nettels, College of William and Mary Choice)

In the course of this interesting mix of methodologies and historical time periods, Korobkin makes fascinating suggestions about the impacts of women's sentimental (domestic) fiction on popular and legal rhetoric of the time.

(College English)


An instructive, provocative and engaging work that grounds the field of law and literature firmly in textured stories, lived, told and ordered.

(Martha Minow, Harvard University)

This book is a landmark contribution to literary and cultural studies.... a powerful and original perspective both on the legal mechanisms of American Victorian society and on the profession of letters during this period.... I predict [it] will have a strong impact on the entire field of American studies.

(Sacvan Bercovitch, Harvard University)

What could be more timely in this age of legal spectacle than an historical study of the narrative performance, or sentimental conversation, that has been part and parcel of the American system of justice for almost two centuries? Korobkin's book deftly brings that tradition to bear on sentimental fiction and vise versa, illuminating the difficulty of a sustaining and sustainable feminism in a culture where victims have always had such a powerful rhetorical edge.

(Nancy Armstrong, Brown University)

A fascinating study, equally sensitive to the precise turnings of legal history and to the nuances of narrativity.

(Nancy Glazener, author of Reading for Realism: The History of a U.S. Literary Institution, 1850-1910)

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