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Death by decapitation: A case study

Larry Carbone

in What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161960
eISBN:
9780199790067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161960.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter presents a case study of one hotly contested but largely unseen controversy: whether a particular method of killing rats — decapitation in a table-top guillotine — inflicts ... More


Seeing Justice Done: The Age of Spectacular Capital Punishment in France

Paul Friedland

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199592692
eISBN:
9780191741852
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592692.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, European Early Modern History

From the early Middle Ages to the 20th century, capital punishment in France, as in many other countries, was staged before large crowds of spectators. This book traces the theory and practice of ... More


November 1793: The Tribunal and the Dagger

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution: Monsieur and Madame Roland

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199560424
eISBN:
9780191741814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.003.0030
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Cultural History

Mme Roland's last days are described: romanticism has coloured accounts, but her composure and self-control are not in doubt. Her interrogations are described: letters found on a Girondin ... More


Executing the New Death Penalty: The Invisible Spectacle of the Guillotine

Paul Friedland

in Seeing Justice Done: The Age of Spectacular Capital Punishment in France

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199592692
eISBN:
9780191741852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592692.003.0011
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, European Early Modern History

Striving for a method of capital punishment that was, as much as possible, painless for the victim as well as for the spectator, legislators in the National Assembly settled upon the idea of a ... More


Epilogue: The Play Over, the Actors (Slowly) Leave the Stage

Paul Friedland

in Seeing Justice Done: The Age of Spectacular Capital Punishment in France

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199592692
eISBN:
9780191741852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592692.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, European Early Modern History

With the end of the Terror, government officials and many townspeople expressed abhorrence of the spectacle of execution, and guillotines throughout France were gradually moved from city centers to ... More


Democratic Millennialism: French Revolution (1789–1815 ce)

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199753598
eISBN:
9780199897445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter explores the French Revolution as an attempt to realize the millennial dream of an egalitarian society articulated by some of the currents within the Enlightenment. It identifies the ... More


Killing Times: The Temporal Technology of the Death Penalty

David Wills

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823283521
eISBN:
9780823286119
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823283521.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Killing Times starts from the deceptively simple observation— made by Jacques Derrida—that the death penalty mechanically interrupts mortal time, preempting our normal experience of not knowing when ... More


Why Govern?—Is, Ought, and Actionability in Mundane Governance

Steve Woolgar and Daniel Neyland

in Mundane Governance: Ontology and Accountability

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199584741
eISBN:
9780191762994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584741.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Corporate Governance and Accountability

Chapter 4 builds on the analysis of accountability, classification, and ontologically moral constitution of governable people and things, by considering the place of evidence in mundane governance. ... More


Revolutionary Terror, or Losing Head and Mind

Laure Murat

in The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Toward a Political History of Madness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226025735
eISBN:
9780226025872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025872.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter analyzes the birth of French psychiatry in conjunction with the invention of the guillotine. While psychiatry invents itself as a new discipline, studying how the body relates to the ... More


The Second Death

Douwe Draaisma

in Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300207286
eISBN:
9780300213959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207286.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Between the summer of 1793 and the summer of 1794, France's new revolutionary regime requisitioned monasteries, churches, and barracks, and used them to hold people arrested on suspicion of ... More


The Face of Chaos (Medusa)

Marie-Hélène Huet

in The Culture of Disaster

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226358215
eISBN:
9780226358239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358239.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter begins with a discussion of an executioner's well-known practice of grasping the decapitated heads of the guillotine's most famous victims by the hair and holding them up before the ... More


Undying histories: Washington Irving’s Gothic afterlives

Yael Maurer

in The Gothic and Death

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781784992699
eISBN:
9781526124050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992699.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Irving’s 1824 story ‘The Adventure of the German Student’ alongside his two earlier tales, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Rip Van Winkle’, focusing on Irving’s radical ... More


Visceral visions: art, pedagogy and politics in Revolutionary France

Dorothy Johnson

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526127051
eISBN:
9781526138682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526127051.003.0015
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In late eighteenth-century France, at the seeming height of neoclassicism in the arts with its goal of idealized form al’antica in the depiction of the human figure, an intensified fascination with ... More


The Time of the Trap Door

David Wills

in Killing Times: The Temporal Technology of the Death Penalty

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823283521
eISBN:
9780823286119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823283521.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter offers an examination of the refining of the instant of execution that takes place with the introduction of trap door gallows in the seventeenth century and, more spectacularly and ... More


Cruelty and Its Vicissitudes

Elizabeth Rottenberg

in For the Love of Psychoanalysis: The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284115
eISBN:
9780823286065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284115.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter tracks the history of cruelty in the administration of the death penalty. It moves from the history of blood (cruor) and bloody cruelty (e.g., the guillotine) to a history that involves ... More


Interlude: Competing Ethical Models and a Catch-22

Lynda Walsh

in Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199857098
eISBN:
9780199345410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857098.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter reviews the major factors influencing the construction of late-modern scientific ethos in light of the findings on the persistent meme of prophetic ethos. It examines the rhetorical ... More


“No Improvement over Electrocution or Even a Bullet”: Lethal Injection and the Meaning of Speed and Reliability in the Modern Execution Process

Jürgen Martschukat

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines the argument that the lethal injection is not humane at all, with particular emphasis on its speed and reliability. It first considers the latest criticisms against the lethal ... More


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