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"The Agony of Despair": Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860–1960

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"The Agony of Despair": Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860–1960. / Grey, Daniel.

Pain and Emotion in Modern History. ed. / Rob Boddice. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. p. 204-219 (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions).

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Harvard

Grey, D 2014, "The Agony of Despair": Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860–1960. in R Boddice (ed.), Pain and Emotion in Modern History. Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 204-219. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137372437_12

APA

Grey, D. (2014). "The Agony of Despair": Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860–1960. In R. Boddice (Ed.), Pain and Emotion in Modern History (pp. 204-219). (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137372437_12

Vancouver

Grey D. "The Agony of Despair": Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860–1960. In Boddice R, editor, Pain and Emotion in Modern History. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. p. 204-219. (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions). https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137372437_12

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Grey, Daniel. / "The Agony of Despair": Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860–1960. Pain and Emotion in Modern History. editor / Rob Boddice. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 204-219 (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions).

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