Life Downstairs: British Servant Culture in Fact, Fiction and Film
While servant narratives have been popular for centuries, there appears to be a resurging interest in stories of the servant class. Contemporary British and North American writers, filmmakers, and television executives have included master/servant relationships in financially successful and popular films such as "The Remains of the Day" and "Gosford Park." PBS created classics including "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Manor House," as well as the phenomenally successful "Downton Abbey." Mainstream American television has also piloted its own versions of the British servant, in shows as wide-ranging as "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and reality TV’s "Supernanny."
Join Ann McClellan as she explores the history behind the rise and fall of British servants and why Americans are so fascinated by their stories on page and screen.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Library and a Grant from NH Humanities.
- Saturday, October 19, 2019
- 2:00pm - 3:30pm
- Community Room
- Rodgers Memorial Library