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Examines the shared cultural genealogy of popular Victorian novels and judicial opinions of the Privy Council.
Introduction; Part I. Criminality: 1. 'A Power Able to Overawe Them All': Criminality and the Uses of Fear; 2. 'The Social Life of Crime': Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions of a Thug; Part II. Temporality: 3. 'Injurious Pasts': The Temporality of Caste; 4. On Time: How Fiction Writes History in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone; Part III. Adoption and Inheritance: 5. 'The Begum's Fortune': Adoption, Inheritance, and Private Property; 6. 'Foundlings and Adoptees': Filiality in George Eliot's Novels; Afterword; Bibliography.
Leila Neti is an Associate Professor of English at Occidental College, Los Angeles. Her published articles have appeared in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Law and Literature, and in various edited collections.