Severed Heads and Martyred Souls: Crime and Capital Punishment in French Romantic Literature

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Severed Heads and Martyred Souls: Crime and Capital Punishment in French Romantic Literature - Maresca, Frank, and Poulosky, Laura J, and May, Gita (Editor)
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Since capital punishment was such a hotly debated issue in Europe during the early nineteenth century, and since crime, trials, and executions provided ideal material for the melodrama that characterizes French Romanticism, several authors of the period naturally exploited the death penalty in their works. "Severed Heads and Martyred Souls" examines the Romantics' obsession with capital punishment, analyzing its literary treatment in texts by Hugo, Lamartine, Eugene Sue, Dumas the elder, Vigny, Balzac, Stendhal, and Nodier. ...