Margaret Thatcher and Ruth Ellis

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 1988 Number 6

Margaret Thatcher and Ruth Ellis
Jaqueline Rose pages -


Rose investigates Margaret Thatcher’s success in the 1987 general election, with reference to her position on capital punishment and by comparison with Ruth Ellis, who in 1955 was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Both Thatcher and Ellis have been seen as problematising the category of woman - in the latter’s case in particular because of her ‘cold’ rationality, her linking of female murder with reason rather than madness. Rose considers the relationship between women and violence, whether domestic or state-sanctioned, drawing on the psychoanalytic works of Freud, Klein and Lacan, as well as Reich’s work on fascism and Stuart Hall’s on Thatcher and writings by Julia Kristeva and Douglas Hofstadter. KEYWORDS: Margaret Thatcher, Ruth Ellis, violence, capital punishment, 1987 general election .

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