Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair
Editors: Cynthia Roman & Mike Widener
Our modest exhibition could present only a very limited selection of material from the rich special collections at Yale. With a mere thirty plus objects we could only outline the very complex aesthetic, cultural, legal, and political history around the Queen Caroline Affair. Accordingly, to expand our discussion, we organized a conference hosted at the Lillian Goldman Law Library on October 4 , 2019. The conference gathered a distinguished group of scholars to consider, how and why, Queen Caroline’s affairs inundated the media and contemporary discussion.
Papers by most of our speakers are revised and presented here together with additional scholarly contributions.
Jocelyn Harris, Jane Austen, Caroline of Brunswick, and the Prince of Wales
William Anthony Hay, Robert Cruikshank, A Scene in the New Farce of the Lady and the Devil, June 1820.
Richard Kopley, Caroline and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”
Kristin Samuelian, Looking at the Case against Her: Intertextuality in Queen Caroline Prints
Mark Schoenfield, Henry Brougham Per(for)ming the Defense
Simon Stern, John Bull, Public Sentiment and the Reasonable Man
Susannah Walker, TRIAL IN ABSENTIA? Criminal Proceedings and Public Personae.