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Revamping the Vamp: Mata Hari Myths and Realities

Last updated: 17 February 2017

Dr Julie Wheelwright - SOLD OUT

20 February 2017, 12.30pm

Mata Hari, a Dutch hat-maker's daughter, was executed for espionage after a secret trial during the darkest days of the First World War. Dr Julie Wheelwright will unpick the myths surrounding her.

Mata Hari, the stage name of Margaretha Zelle, has become a by-word for female betrayal. After her execution by the French in October 1917, she was held responsible for the deaths of 50,000 Allied men and was portrayed as an immoral woman who traded sex for classified intelligence.

Dr Julie Wheelwright will talk about her research into Mata Hari, revealing how she was a useful scapegoat for the French at a time when losses on the Western Front were high and civilian morality reaching new lows. Dr Wheelwright will also explore how and why fantasies grew up around Mata Hari and will shed light on the role of women in the intelligence services during the First World War and beyond.

Dr Julie Wheelwright is a senior lecturer and programme director of the UK’s only dedicated Master's degree in non-fiction writing at City University London. She has been writing and lecturing about Mata Hari and the role of women in espionage since 1992 with her most recent work appearing in the book 'Representation and Memory'.

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Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove
London, SW3 6JJ
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