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The Insanity Plea in The Butcher’s Wife
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Chinese. (ISTUD)
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 1983, Li Ang, a Taiwanese female writer, adapted a husband-killing case, which was committed by Zhan Zhou Shi in Shanghai in 1945, into the novel The Butcher’s Wife. The case is also recorded in The Hearsay in Shanghai written by Chen Ding-Shan. The Butcher’s Wife depicts a woman who, due to her traumatized childhood and psychological condition caused by her husband and neighbours, kills her husband, a butcher, and dismembers the body the way he does pigs.

 Li Ang’s novel tries to offer a legal explanation to exonerate the butcher’s wife, Lin Shi, through a plea of insanity. In this article, I will compare the case of Zhan Zhou Shi both in the media and in The Hearsay in Shanghai with The Butcher’s Wife to illustrate Li Ang's reinterpretation of the case and explain how Li Ang goes beyond the insanity pleas that strengthens a stereotypical insane image of female offenders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Law and Literature, Taiwanese Literature, Interdisciplinary Study
National Category
Languages and Literature Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30584OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30584DiVA, id: diva2:1340225
Conference
Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis, 1890-1950, The University of Sheffield, UK, April 11-13, 2019
Available from: 2019-08-02 Created: 2019-08-02 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved

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