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By Jan-Melissa Schramm

The eighteenth-century version of the legal trial - with its insistence that the defendant and the proof of a case might 'speak for themselves' - was once deserted in 1836, while laws enabled barristers to deal with the jury on behalf of prisoners charged with criminal. more and more, expert acts of interpretation have been visible as essential to in achieving a simply verdict, thereby silencing the prisoner and affecting the testimony given by way of eye witnesses at legal trials. Jan-Melissa Schramm examines the profound influence of the altering nature of proof in legislation and theology on literary narrative within the 19th century. Already a locus of theological clash, the assumption of testimony grew to become a fiercely contested motif of Victorian debate in regards to the ethics of literary and criminal illustration. She argues that authors of fiction created a method of literary advocacy which either imitated, and reacted opposed to, the instance in their storytelling opposite numbers on the Bar.

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