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. Camden Public Library will revisit the phenomenon Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.

Scott F. Stoddart, an associate professor of English at Saint Peter’s University, where he teaches courses in American literature, cinema studies and musical theater history, will explores how a series about life in an early 20th-entury 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.

Stoddart, who earned his B.A. at the University of Maine at Farmington, has a doctorate in American Literature and Cinema from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his master’s degree in American and British literature. Stoddart has published more than 30 essays on fiction, the musical plays of Stephen Sondheim and films, as well as on the image of the president in Hollywood film and in television.

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

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