Edmund Reid and the Representation of the Middle Class in Ripper Street

  • Dorota Babilas


Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, fictionalised in the Ripper Street TV series and played by Matthew Macfadyen, embodies the dilemmas and problems faced by the late-Victorian middle class. Presented as part of a crime-solving team at East London H Division police station, Reid is teamed with a working-class sergeant, Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn), and an American forensic surgeon, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg). In terms of plot construction, both these rather unconventional and sharply-cut sidekicks serve largely to contextualise personal and professional hardships faced by Reid and resulting from his Victorian middle-class upbringing, as well as his work ethos, social position, and moral choices.


Edmund Reid Middle-class values Neo-Victorian revision Ripper Street 


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  • Dorota Babilas
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  1. 1.Institute of English StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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