Scandal and Crime in Victorian England with Dr. Julie Taddeo

Scandal and Crime in Victorian England with Dr. Julie Taddeo


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From body snatchers and Jack the Ripper to lady poisoners and Sherlock Holmes, the Victorians relished stories (real and fictional) about crime and scandal. Journey back to 19th century England as we use the most notorious cases to understand the larger social and cultural contexts in which they occurred and how they are remembered today.

The Victorians have been immortalized by popular culture as stuffy and repressed, but nothing could be further than the truth. Though they espoused a culture of civility and decorum, in reality they craved scandal and gobbled up news stories about the latest crimes. From Queen Victoria's alleged romances with Lord Melbourne and her servant John Brown, to ghoulish reports of body snatching or Jack the Ripper's murder spree, there was never a lack of scandal or crime to read or talk about over tea. But aside from being newsworthy, terrifying, and titillating, these scandals and crimes shed light on the larger culture, with its rigid class system, restricted gender roles, and anxieties about the nation's imperial status as the Queen neared the end of her 63 year reign. We will look at certain crimes and scandals as a lens to explore the larger Victorian history and also how this history is presented in pop culture today.

Led by an expert on British cultural history, Dr. Julie Taddeo, this interactive seminar will explore the Victorian era through crime and scandal. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the society at large in that period and how it was reflected in popular culture.

Dr. Julie Taddeo is Research Professor of History at University of Maryland. Her area of expertise is Modern British social and cultural history. She has published several books on such topics as the Bloomsbury Group, Steampunk, British period drama television, and reality TV.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Karen Clark (San Angelo, US)
A Cringy Kind of Fun

Dr. Taddeo shared several stories from Victorian England - some familiar, others not so much - that succeeded in raising the hairs on the back of my head. In my opinion, the best presenters are those who are passionate about their subject area, and that describes Dr. Taddeo!

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Sandra -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Captivating Seminar!

Dr. Taddeo related a fast-paced but thoroughly intriguing seminar about scandalous and criminal activities of ole England. This held my interest throughout! I had know of a few of them but this session added to the knowledge and spurred me on to keep learning more about this topic. The visuals were informative and contained more data; I will re-watch this so I absorb it all. One of my most enjoyable Context Learning seminars (despite the macabre parts).

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Laura K (Calabasas, US)
Excellent presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Taddeo's presentation on Scandal and Crime in Victorian England. It was fascinating to learn more about how these events influenced and were influenced by 1800s British society. I never knew that graverobbing was instrumental in advancing our understanding of anatomy. Can't wait for more from Dr. Taddeo!

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Jennifer (Doylestown, US)
Fun and informative seminar

Learning about these scandals of the Victorian era was especially interesting. Putting it all into historical context helped to realize why things became so scandalous and infamous back then. Julie is so enthusiastic about her subjects and that adds to it all.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
17%
(1)
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Karen Clark (San Angelo, US)
A Cringy Kind of Fun

Dr. Taddeo shared several stories from Victorian England - some familiar, others not so much - that succeeded in raising the hairs on the back of my head. In my opinion, the best presenters are those who are passionate about their subject area, and that describes Dr. Taddeo!

S
Sandra -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Captivating Seminar!

Dr. Taddeo related a fast-paced but thoroughly intriguing seminar about scandalous and criminal activities of ole England. This held my interest throughout! I had know of a few of them but this session added to the knowledge and spurred me on to keep learning more about this topic. The visuals were informative and contained more data; I will re-watch this so I absorb it all. One of my most enjoyable Context Learning seminars (despite the macabre parts).

L
Laura K (Calabasas, US)
Excellent presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Taddeo's presentation on Scandal and Crime in Victorian England. It was fascinating to learn more about how these events influenced and were influenced by 1800s British society. I never knew that graverobbing was instrumental in advancing our understanding of anatomy. Can't wait for more from Dr. Taddeo!

J
Jennifer (Doylestown, US)
Fun and informative seminar

Learning about these scandals of the Victorian era was especially interesting. Putting it all into historical context helped to realize why things became so scandalous and infamous back then. Julie is so enthusiastic about her subjects and that adds to it all.

A
Anonymous (Sao Francisco de Paula, BR)

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