Event : Exploring Downton Abbey
Category: Arts & Literature
Date: 3/5/2019
Time: 07:00 PM
City: Camden
State: Maine
Location: Camden Public Library

Exploring Downton Abbey with Dr. Scott F. Stoddart


The BBC television series Downton Abbey (2010-2016) achieved cult status among American viewers, harking back to the days when serial dramas ruled the airwaves. The show's finale was one of the most watched in all of television history. The Camden Public Library will revisit Downton Abbey on Tuesday evening, March 5, at 7:00 pm with Dr. Scott F. Stoddart.


Dr. Stoddart explores how a series about life in an early 20th century English manor home resonated with American audiences. He will speak from his collection of new essays by British and American contributors about the role of the house in literature and film, the changing roles of women and the servant class, the influence of jazz and fashion, and attitudes regarding education and the class system.


Dr. Scott F. Stoddart is an Associate Professor of English at Saint Peter's University, where he teaches courses in American literature, cinema studies, and musical theatre history. He has a doctorate in American Literature and Cinema from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his Master's in American and British Literature. He has a BA from the University of Maine at Farmington, with majors in both English and History, and minors in Secondary Education and Theatre.


Stoddart has published over 30 essays on the fiction of Henry James, E. M. Forster, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith; the musical plays of Stephen Sondheim; and the films of the Coen Brothers, Tom Ford, Jane Campion, Jack Clayton, George Cukor, John Ford, Oliver Stone, and Martin Scorsese. He has also published on the image of the president in Hollywood film and in television.


He is also a host of the Sundance television series Love / Lust. He is a contributing correspondent for the PBS series American Icons and was a featured contributor to the Smithsonian Channel series The Real Mad Men of Advertising.

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