January 22, 2014

She's Ba-a-a-c-k....

Christina Ricci resurrects lead character Lizzie Borden in Lifetime Movie Network's retelling of the famous unsolved murders of Andrew and his second wife in Lizzie Borden Took an Axe on January 25 at 8 p.m., 7 Central time. Clea DuVall plays Emma, Lizzie's older sister, who was away from the Borden home at the time of the murders. Will this tv movie erase memories of the Elizabeth Montgomery version made in 1975, when Christina Ricci was minus 5? Early looks at this entry in the Lizzie videography from Variety, the Los Angeles Times. 

A number of scholars have studied Lizzie's path through law and popular culture. Here's a short and highly selective bibliography.

Filetti, Jean S., From Lizzie Borden to Lorena Bobbitt: Violent Women and Gendered Justice, 35 Journal of Am. Stud. 431 (December 2001).

Langlois, Janet L., Andrew Borden's Little Girl: Fairy- Tale Fragments in Angela Carter's "The Fall River Axe Murders" and "Lizzie's Tiger," 12 Marvels & Tales 192 (1998).

Miller, Stephanie, "How Unbearably Heavy These Skirts Can Be": Popular Feminism in 1970s America and The Legend of Lizzie Borden, 21 Women: A Cultural Review 323 (2010).

Robertson, Cara W., Representing "Miss Lizzie": Cultural Conventions In the Trial of Lizzie Borden, 8 Yale J. L. & Human. 351 (1996).

Roggenkamp, Karen, A Front Seat to Lizzie Borden: Julian Ralph, Literary Journalism, and the Construction of Criminal Fact, in Narrating the News: New Journalism and Literary Genre in Late Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers and Fiction 54 (2005).

Schofield, Ann, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe: History, Feminism and American Culture, 34 Am. Stud. 91 (Spring 1993).

Professor Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri (KC) School of Law guides us through the trial, evidence and related materials here.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

There is also Lillian de la Torre's 1956 version from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Older Sister"