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A Structural Inconsistency: The True Woman and the Breach-of-Promise Plaintiff

Saskia Lettmaier

in Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199569977
eISBN:
9780191722066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569977.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter considers the wider implications of the infusion of mythologized femininity for the law, in particular for the position of plaintiffs. It suggests that the feminizing process imported a ... More


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