Catherine Tully

Postgraduate Research Student

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Bare lives/ abject deaths: abolitionism, affect, and the execution of women in Britain 1868-1968."

Catherine's thesis examines the abolitionist campaign against the death penalty in Britain between 1868, when state executions were first privatised, and 1968, shortly after the death penalty was abolished. Focussing on the role the execution of what were regarded as ‘deviant’ women, namely those who flouted perceived gender norms by killing, it will interrogate how abolitionists were able to exploit the unique psychological sphere generated by the privatisation of executions; how women were represented by abolitionists; to what extent such representations supported or subverted gendered discourses about women who killed; and how these discourses permeated the public psyche.