Welcome to the Victorian Dark Side…

This is the homepage for HI 318 Crime, Sex, and Scandal in Nineteenth-Century Britain, a history course at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The nineteenth century saw Britain rise to the height of its power, and yet its inhabitants were increasingly filled with anxiety, insecurity, and despair. The premise of this course is that in examining how Victorian society was destabilized, we will get a deeper sense of its values, its priorities and its politics.

Students examine shifting definitions of crime, new theories of sexuality, and spectacular representations of violence through both current scholarship and a range of primary sources.

This website hosts the results of student research including blog posts, Victorian “Peep” Shows, and analytic essays.