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This leads to some gaps in time, and to some chronological overlap between chapters 4 and 5. There are time periods not covered in depth in my study that have potential for this kind of feminist project; I am not implying that these periods lack significance, but simply that they lack crime series representation that meets the criteria outlined above. For example, the Elizabethan period was a time of great change and shifting roles for women; though there are several popular series set during that time, however, these revolve around the queen and her court, not ordinary people.

She also notes some of the crucial transformations wrought by Glaspell in her later play thematically: the women who attended the trial but had no voice in its proceedings were given “the opportunity to be heard” in Trifles whereas the words and actions of the male characters are “staged to show ineffectuality and incompetence” (33, 36). The play achieves these things brilliantly, but Barbara Ozieblo notes in her recent biography of Glaspell some of the limits to the play’s daring representation of women’s actions: Although the women rebel against traditional mores, they are all effectively silenced.

As Edgar continues his work on the box for the relic, he hopes that Aldhelm 34 FEMINIST HISTORICAL CRIME FICTION “ ‘wants to be found,’ ” the implication being clearly that without Aldhelm’s cooperation, Edgar will not locate the stolen bones (285). Paraclete-educated Catherine explains the concepts to serving-girl Lucia; that the bones are a symbol of the saint who once needed them who has now transcended this world into heaven, and that the relics themselves do not produce the miracles but God does, through the intercession of the saint (349).

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