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The reality and representation of female criminality in Suffolk, c.1780-1850

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to conduct a research project to explore the reality and representation of female criminality in rural Suffolk, c.1780-1850. The background to this project is the relatively well-developed historiography of rural crime in this period and geographic area, albiet that most previous studies have focussed on male criminality and often the connection between specific types of male criminality and social protest. It is envisaged that the project will focus on property crime, exploring potentially differentiated, gendered, experience within the judicial system and in terms of the popular representation of female criminals. The further specific scope of the research will be refined by the post-holder, but it is anticipated that the project could encompass an examination of renowned female offenders of the time, notably Margaret Catchpole, whose popular reputation, contemporary and posthumous, was potentially fluid and axiomatically shaped and distorted in the public realm by male, patrician, perspectives.

Length of studentship: 3 year funded period

Entry requirement: First Degree at 2.1 or above, and a Master’s Degree in History or related subject.

Funding Notes

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate. UK/EU only.

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