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Riding the Black Ram: Law, Literature, and Gender

Susan Heinzelman


Unruly women are not often represented in a good light. Whether historical or fictional, disruptive women, with their real or imagined excesses, have long provided the material for literary and legal narratives. This work analyzes a series of literary, legal, and historical texts to demonstrate the persistence of certain gender stereotypes. In her 1820 adultery trial, Queen Caroline was depicted in a cartoon riding into the House of Lords on a black ram that had the face of her Italian lover. As this book reveals, a number of women, remembered largely for their insubordinate presence, have met ... More

Keywords: unruly women, disruptive women, excesses, gender stereotypes, adultery trial, Queen Caroline, House of Lords, black ram, Italian lover, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804756808
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756808.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Heinzelman, author