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“It Is Better to Die”

Abbé Rousseau and the Meanings of Suicide

Jeffrey Merrick

eighteenth century the debate about suicide moved from the courts to the press. As Michael MacDonald and Terence Murphy Historical Reflections • Summer 2016 have shown, the same shift took place in England sooner than in France, thanks to relative liberty of

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James F. Lee

Nettie Honeyball and Florence Dixie founded the British Ladies Football Club (BLFC) in 1894 with the aim to provide football-playing opportunities for girls and young women, but also as a means of making money. Theirs, in effect, was an attempt to create a professional football league for women. Public interest in 'the lady footballers' was enormous, at least in its early stages, and generated considerable attention from the press. Overall, press coverage of the BLFC was negative (football is a man's sport; football is a working-class sport; women are physically incapable of playing the game; women shouldn't appear publicly in bifurcated garments, etc.), with only a few notable exceptions. Did the stance adopted depend on the political leaning of the newspaper? Or were the reporters simply reflecting the social and economic realities of their time, struggling to 'explain' a marginal group - women athletes, or more specifically, middle-class women football players - engaging in a working-class male game? This article examines the press coverage of the BLFC. The double standard evident in the newspaper coverage was, on the surface, as one might expect: if a woman played well, she was a freak, possibly a man in disguise; if she didn't play well, it proved that women shouldn't play football. But on closer examination, the double standard was actually rather nuanced: if she played well and looked the part of a woman, she could be subject to praise; yet if she played well and didn't conform to the standard of feminine beauty, she faced ridicule, and her gender called into question.

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“Sad Era, Villainous Affair“

The Dreyfus Affair in the Notebooks of Henri Vever

Willa Z. Silverman

This article analyzes representations of the Dreyfus Affair in the private diaries written between 1898 and 1901 by Henri Vever, a prominent Art Nouveau jeweler, art collector, and small-town mayor. The important place accorded the Affair in these “ordinary writings“ by an individual with no direct engagement in it offers an opportunity to assess how historical events become enmeshed with private life, mentalités, and sociability. Further, Vever's notebooks reveal position taking during the Affair as a complex phenomenon, in Vever's case influenced by circumstances encompassing his identity as both a native of Lorraine, marked by France's defeat in 1870, and a Republican notable and Parisian businessman. While Vever's notebooks corroborate some standard themes of Dreyfus Affair historiography, including the importance of the press and the eclipsing of the Affair by the 1900 World's Fair, they also nuance the idea of a rigid ideological division between Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards.

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Anne Stevenson and John Haynes

Of Science Poems edited by David Morley and Andy Brown (Tonbridge: Worpole Press, 2001) ISBN 0 9530947 4 X paperback £6.00

Omm Sety by John Greening (Shoestring Press, 2001) ISBN 1 899549 51 X £5.95

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Stan Smith

Lines North by Pat Corina (Soundswrite Press, 2008) 96 pp. ISBN 978-0-95507-86 1-3, £5.00

Sympathetic Magic by Brian Fewster (Poor Tom’s Press, 2008) 92 pp. ISBN 978-0-95433-715-5, £6

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John Lucas

Other Summers by Stephen Edgar (Melbourne: Black Pepper Press, 2006). 108pp. ISBN: 978-1-876044-54-1, $16.00.

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Hugh Underhill and Alan Baker

Noctua by Peter Bennet (Nottingham: Shoestring Press, 2004), ISBN 1-904886-03-5, £5.00

Blue on Blue by Jim Greenhalf (Bradford: Redbeck Press, 2005), ISBN 1-904338-30-5, £7.95

What Moves Moves by Paul McLoughlin (Nottingham: Shoestring Press, 2004), ISBN 1-904886-05-1, £5.00

W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You edited by Ralph Pite and Hester Jones (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2004), ISBN 0-853235-69-4, £45.00

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Grace Moore, Gabrielle Malcolm, and Stephanie Forward

Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science by Ronald R. Thomas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. £45.00 ISBN: 0521653037.

Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain edited by Tracy C. Davis and Ellen Donkin, Cambridge University Press, 1999. Hardback £42.50 ISBN: 0521574137

Idol of Suburbia: Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Culture by Annette R. Federico. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2000. Paperback $30 ISBN 0-8139-1915-0.

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Hugh Underhill

Life as It Comes by Anthony Edkins (Bradford: Redbeck Press, 2002) ISBN 0946980969 £6.95

The Soldier on the Pier by Brian Waltham (Calstock: Peterloo Poets, 2002) ISBN 1871471990 £7.95

Craeft: Poems from the Anglo-Saxon by Graham Holderness (Nottingham: Shoestring Press, 2002) ISBN 1899549676 £7.50

The Great Friend and Other Translated Poems by Peter Robinson (Tonbridge: Worple Press, 2002) ISBN 095394774 £8

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John Lucas

Defying the Odds: Selective Poems by David Tipton (Sow’s Ear Press, 2006), 216 pp. ISBN-10: 0-95432-481-1, £9.99.