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Gender, Technology and the New Woman$
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Lena Wånggren

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416269

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416269.001.0001

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Technologies of Detection

Technologies of Detection

(p.164) Chapter 6 Technologies of Detection
Gender, Technology and the New Woman

Lena Wånggren

Edinburgh University Press

This sixth chapter concludes the monograph by examining the figure of the New Woman detective and the specific technologies of detection employed. While women could not enter the British police force until well into the twentieth century, female detectives had been a part of British crime and detective fiction since the 1860s, culminating in the 1890s with the rise of New Woman detective. Mapping the literary trope of the New Woman detective, and the part played by modern technologies in these narratives, the chapter considers the nature of forensic evidence and the gendered use of technologies in producing this knowledge. Reading M. McDonnell Bodkin’s Dora Myrl, the Lady Detective (1900), the chapter considers New Woman detective fiction as a culmination of the New Woman’s use of technologies at the fin de siècle.

Keywords:   New Woman, Detective fiction, Forensic science, Forensic technology, Arthur Conan Doyle, M. McDonnell Bodkin

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