The Barbara Ubryk case works with the ambitious claim at the heart of the case was not linked to a broader understanding of human nature, but rather to a specific institution, the convent. The suffering of Barbara Ubryk was understood as both singular and typical. On the one hand, certain details of the Ubryk case were shocking. In particular, the pitiful physical state in which Ubryk was discovered, as well as the incredible length of her confinement, made the case particularly notorious. The sensational element of the Ubryk case seems clear. The status of women was considered a marker of civilization in the nineteenth century. One of the reasons for Barbara Ubryk case appeal was the opportunity it provided for graphic depictions of sexual abuse and torture. In the analysis of sensational literature in antebellum America, David S. Reynolds has classified the convent atrocity story as part of the immoral reform genre.
|Title of host publication||Case Studies and the Dissemination of Knowledge|
|Editors||Joy Damousi, Birgit Lang, Katie Sutton|
|Place of Publication||New York NY USA|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Cultural History|