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Oscar Wilde and the late Victorians are often seen as stiff, formal, and inauthentic. Yet this very artificiality lies at the heart of their attempts to define what it meant to be both British and modern, and to connect traditional ideas about race, gender, and culture with contemporary realities. Though Oscar Wilde might have seemed superficial or shallow in character, in fact he was a profoundly Victorian figure.

Fri, January 25, 2008 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza is Director of the Program in Comparative Literature. A Distinguished Teaching Professor, she is an Associate Professor of English and one of the original Junior Fellows in British Studies. Trained in Greek as well as modern aesthetics, she works in eight languages. Her research concentrates on Orientalism, the Gothic, Cleopatra, Oscar Wilde, and European drama. She is currently finishing a study of decadent culture at the end of the nineteenth century entitled 'Masquerade: Wilde, Individualism, and the Fin-de-Siecle'.

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