Texts, Films, Materials for Project
The Right of Trial by a Jury of One's Peers was so jealously guarded that States refused to ratify the original Constitution, until it was guaranteed by the 6th Amendment. And yet the women of this nation have never been allowed a jury of their peers—being tried in all cases by men, native and foreign, educated and ignorant, virtuous and vicious. Young girls have been arraigned in our courts for the crime of infanticide; tried, convicted, hung—victims, perchance, of judge, jurors, advocates—while no woman's voice could be heard in their defence.
"Susan Glaspell's famous short story and one-act play Trifles is the source of this episode, in which Millie Wright (June Walker) is arrested for the murder of her husband. When Millie is released for lack of evidence, two of her neighbors, Sarah (Ann Harding) and Mary (Frances Reid), try to find out what really happened to the late Mr. Wright. They uncover some disturbing evidence -- but are forestalled from informing the authorities upon uncovering some even more disturbing evidence." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Complete Cast: Philip Bourneuf - George Henderson, Ann Harding - Sarah Hale, Ray Teal - Jim Hale, Robert Bray - Henry Peters, Frances Reid - Mary Peters, June Walker - Millie Wright
Materials for Project
"A Jury of Her Peers"
What Makes a good short story. explores "A Jury of Her Peers"
A Forum on Susan Glaspell's "Trifles": Search Form
Susan Glaspell Trifles (American Literature Research and Analysis Website, U of South Florida, Jim Wohlpart)
"A Jury of Her Peers": biography, interpretation, audio play, historical and literary contexts (Public Media Foundation)
Angel, Marina. "Criminal Law and Women: Giving the Abused Woman Who Kills A Jury of Her Peers Who Appreciate Trifles. "American Criminal Law Review 33.2 (1996): 229-348.
---. "Susan Glaspell's Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers: Woman Abuse in a Literary and Legal Context." Buffalo Law Review 45 (1997): 779-844. HeinOnline. Web. 6 Oct. 2007.
---. "Teaching Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers and Trifles ." Journal of Legal Education 53 (2003): 548-63. HeinOnline. Web. 6 Oct. 2007.
Ben-Zvi, Linda. "'Murder She Wrote': The Genesis of Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles.'" Theatre Journal 44 (1992): 141-52. JSTOR. Web. 13 Feb. 2012
Ben-Zvi , Linda, ed. Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction (1995 )PS3513.L35 Z86 1995
Bryan, Patricia. "Stories in Fiction and Fact: Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers and the 1901 Murder Trial of Margaret Hossack."
--- and Thomas Wolf. Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America's Heartland ( Algonquin Books, April 2005) (See summary on amazon.com.) HV6533.I8 B79 2005 Law School (Fl 6) See Midnight Assassin web page.
Denno, Deborah W. "Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Law Defenses." Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 85 (1994): 80-180.
Fox, Marie. "Crime and Punishment: Representation of Female Killers in Law and Literature." Tall Stories? Reading Law and Literature. Ed. John Morrison and Christine Bell. Aldershot England, and Brookfield, Vermont: Dartmouth, 1996. Law Library PN56 .L33 T35 1996
Gainor, J. Ellen. Susan Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture, and Politics, 1915-48 . Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2004. PS3513.L35 Z68 2004
Gilligan,Carol. In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1970. Print. HQ 1206.G 58 1982; HQ 1206.G 58 1993.
Wright, Jennifer Cole. "Gilligan's Theory of Feminine Morality." Encyclopedia of Human Development. Ed. Neil J. Salkind. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2005. 581-83. SAGE Reference Online. Web. 19 Feb. 2012.
Grossman, Joanna L. "Women's Jury Service: Right of Citizenship or Privilege of Difference?" Stanford Law Review 46 (1994): 1115-1160. JSTOR. Suffolk U., Sawyer Lib. 22 Sep. 2007
Jonakait, Randolph N. The American Jury System. New Haven: Yale U P, 2003. ebrary. Web. 6 Apr. 2012.
Kamir, Orit. Framed : Women in Law and Film. Durham : Duke U P, 2006. Law Library PN1995.9.W6 K235 2006 (Chapter 8 is on "A Jury of Her Peers")
Makowsky, Veronica. Susan Glaspell's Century of American women: A Critical Interpretation of Her Work (1993)
Murrell, Patricia H. "Continuing Judicial Education: Cognitive Development as Content, Process, and Outcome ". Journal of Adult Development 11.2 (2004): 151 - 161.
Mustazza, Leonard. "Genetic Translation and Thematic Shift in Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles' and 'A Jury of Her Peers.'" Studies in Short Fiction 26.4 (1989): 489-96. EBSCOhost. Web. 13 Feb. 2012.
Ozieblo, Barbara. Susan Glaspell : a critical biography (2000) PS3513.L35 Z78 2000
Raymond, Margaret, "Stranger than Fiction: A Review of 'Midnight Assassin' by Patricia L. Bryan and Thomas Wolf" (January 2006). U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-37
Russell, Judith K. "Glaspell's 'Trifles.'" The Explicator 55.2 (1997): 88-90.
Schanfield, Lillian. "The Case of the Battered Wife: Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles' and 'A Jury of Her Peers.'" Circles 5 (1997): 69-82. HeinOnline. Suffolk U, Sawyer Lib. 5 Oct. 2007
State of Iowa v. Margaret Hossack, 89 N.W. 1077 (1902) (Search--Legal-->Federal and State Cases-->Citation Number: 89 N.W. 1077-->Click on Search)