Riding the Black Ram: Law, Literature, and Gender by Susan Sage Heinzelman
Dr. Heinzelman, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at UT, has just published a new book.
Posted: March 24, 2010
In her 1820 adultery trial, Queen Caroline was depicted in a cartoon riding into the House of Lords on a black ram that had the face of her Italian lover. As this book reveals, a number of women, remembered largely for their insubordinate presence, have metaphorically "ridden the black ram" in the last 700 years. Heinzelman's historicized understanding of the relationship between law and literature reveals a disquieting pattern in the legal and literary representations of women and provides a new recognition of the significance of sexuality and gender in the way we narrate our world.