Asesinas por pasión: infanticidas en Río de Janeiro, 1841-1936






ABSTRACT The hygienist speeches that emerged from the second half of the nineteenth century were focused on giving a renewed vision to issues such as marriage, motherhood and puerperal madness, issues that were at the same time related to the conception of female crime. In particular, infanticides created concern among physicians, generating debates and controversies during their analysis, reaching the point that they adopted these discourses, not only to treat them as a physico-pathological fact, but also as a moral character overturn that arose in mothers, but much more in those considered deviants and outside the normal pattern, as the infanticides. For this reason, it was complex to perceive a murderous mother in legal, medical and moral terms, particularly when some of them alleged total loss of their senses and thereby achieved the benevolence of justice. Consequently, this article addresses, through a historical-social perspective, cases of infanticide that occurred in Rio de Janeiro between 1841 and 1936. This observation is based on the analysis of the particularities and procedures carried out in the criminal proceedings opened during this period for infanticide in the city that rest in the National Archive of Brazil.

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