Collins Living Learning Center | Sex, Drugs, and the Victorian City
L220 | 22246 | Christopher Ferguson


The prostitute, the murderer, the thief, and the drunk are timeless figures.  Yet,
how a given society defines and responds to these figures is dictated by its
own system of cultural values and beliefs.  In this course, participants will
employ descriptions of these and other deviant figures (the opium smoker, the
cross-dressing male, Jack the Ripper) to explore the values and beliefs of a
society in the past - that of nineteenth-century Britain.  Students will explore
Victorian attitudes toward illicit sexuality, substance use/abuse, and urban
crime, by reading and analyzing words and images produced by nineteenth-
century Britons.