DREW University


JUNE 1-2, 2012





The History and Culture Program, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Drew University © 2012

Who Owns the Legacy of Oscar Wilde?

Who was Oscar Wilde?  An aesthete who subverted philistine values, or pandered to bourgeois taste?  The first modern dramatist, or the last of the Victorian playwrights?  An Irish nationalist, or an Anglophile?  A socialist, or a shrewd literary entrepreneur?  An immoralist, or a new kind of moralist?  A philosopher, or a court jester?  A misogynist, or a feminist?  A pioneer of “queer theory,” or someone who never quite came to terms with his sexuality?

Join us for a two day conference where we attempt to answer these questions and others.

Presenters include: Susan Bernardo, Felicia J. Ruff, Fred Roden, Shelley Salamensky, Philip Smith, Patrick W. Bixby, Loretta Clayton, Anne Margaret Daniel, Marylu Hill, Jonathan Rose, Christine Kinealy, and more. 

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided Friday (June 1) and Saturday (June 2).  Friday’s activities will also include an Evening Reception and a Traditional Irish Concert.


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The registration fee for the conference is $100.00 (or $70.00 for students) and includes the Friday evening reception, Saturday morning breakfast and luncheon. All conference attendees including moderators and presenters are required to register and may do so online.  Payment may be by check or money order made out to "Drew University" and mailed to the following address:

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

C/O Jaclyn Harte

SW Bowne Hall

Drew University

Madison, NJ 07940

ATTN: Oscar Wilde Conference


Library Collection

"Oscar Wilde's Legacy: Selections from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection"

Oscar Wilde died in exile in France in 1900. But his writings, his plays, his wit, and his fame lived on. This display, drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan from the University of Delaware Library, focuses on how Wilde's friends and associates dealt with his legacy in the early twentieth century. Among the figures represented  by books and other items are Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's lover; the artist Aubrey Beardsley; the caricaturist  Max Beerbohm; and the novelist Ada Leverson

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Johnathan Rose and Christine Kinealy - Faculty Conference Conveners

Edward Baring - Program Committee Chair

Nicole Anderson - Student Conference Convener

Email: wildeconference@gmail.com

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