Oscar Wilde and Life Writing Now
2017ACCUTE Conference Panel at the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Ryerson University, Toronto
27-30 May 2017
This wide-ranging, discursive panel explores the evolving relationship between Oscar Wilde’s biographers, editors, and literary critics since 1987. It invites papers that are retrospective as well as those that consider how future research might supplement recent developments.
Richard Ellmann’s biography of Oscar Wilde came before the world in 1987. A decade later, Stephen Fry took centre stage in Wilde, the feature film. Neil Bartlett’s Who Was That Man?: a Present for Mr.Oscar Wilde, Terry Eagleton’s Saint Oscar, and David Hare’s The Judas Kiss offer their own interpretations of Wilde’s life. The last few years have seen a steady stream of new biographies and editions of Wilde’s works, including:
- O’Sullivan’s The Fall of the House of Wilde (2016)
- Friedman’s Wilde in America (2015)
- Morris Jr’s Declaring His Genius (2013)
- Frankel’s Annotated, Uncensored Edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray (2011)
- Bristow’s Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend (2008)
- Oxford University Press’s Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (2000-ongoing)
Panellists are invited to submit proposals for 20 minute papers that consider an aspect of the aesthetics, politics, pedagogy, and implications of the last three decades’ Oscar Wilde editions, creative interpretations and literary criticism.
Panelists may want to reflect on the following:
- How have biographers and editors since Ellmann represented Wilde, and to what ends?
- What are the politics of reading Wilde and his oeuvre in these ways?
- What critical avenues does life-writing open up for scholars of Wilde and his circle?
- What version of Wilde’s biography have recent productions of his plays and stagings of his life privileged?
- What compromises have such cinematic, dramatic and creative adaptations made?
- How can Wilde’s biography inform pedagogical approaches?
Send proposals for 20 minute papers to Prof. Michèle Mendelssohn firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 Nov. 2016.
Proposals must include:
1. a Word file containing a 300 word paper proposal without personal identifying marks
2. a Word file containing a 100 word abstract and a 50 word biographical statement