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History 229: Scandal, Crime and Spectacle in the 19th Century

This course studied the intersection between scandal, crime and spectacle in 19th-century France and Britain. We discussed the nature of scandals, the connection between scandals and political change, and how scandals and ideas about crime were used to articulate new ideas about class, gender and sexuality. In addition, this class covered the rise of new theories of criminality in the 19th century and the popular fascination with crime and violence.  Crime and scandal also became interwoven into the fabric of the city as sources of urban spectacle.

Click on any of the links to the right to check out students’ final projects from this class.

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