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Oscar Wilde and the Liberal Party: The Eighty Club, Periodical Publication, and the Trials of 1895 Seminar

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research
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17:15 - 19:00
26 October 2016
Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Mary Hammond at .

Event details

This talk focuses on Wilde’s uneasy affiliation with the Liberal Party at a time when Gladstone’s advocacy of Home Rule split his political base. It explores Wilde’s involvement in writing for periodicals supportive of Liberal politics and the ways in which some of their editors turned violently against him during the trials, and addresses the debate about the ways in which the Wilde trials protected the prime minister, Lord Rosebery, from accusations of homosexuality.

Speaker information

Professor Joseph Bristow , UCLA. Professor Joseph Bristow, who joined UCLA in 1996, teaches a range of courses in Victorian and modern literature, as well as in theories and histories of sexuality. His areas of special interest are British aestheticism (particularly Oscar Wilde and his circle), decadence, and Edwardian writing.

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