Oscar Wilde and the Culture of Childhood
Friday, May 29, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Humanities Conf Room 314
Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
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Registration is required.
"Oscar Wilde and the Culture of Childhood" is organized by Professor Joseph Bristow (University of California, Los Angeles). Never before has Professor Bristow concentrated on Wilde’s remarkable contribution to nineteenth-century children’s literature in the two volumes of highly politicized fairy tales, "The Happy Prince, and Other Tales" and "A House of Pomegranates".
Literary historians have long recognized the pivotal role that these influential and much-reprinted volumes played in releasing Victorian children’s literature from the kinds of stern Evangelical moralizing that Lewis Carroll also protested in his "Alice" books.
The conference will bring together emergent and established scholars whose research has had a palpable impact on the field. Moreover, this group of researchers includes individuals who are well known for their work on Wilde in particular and critics who enjoy prominence in the field of Victorian and modern children’s fairytales in general.
The program will enable audience members to comprehend, on the one hand, recent insights into the formal and political ambitions of Wilde’s 1888 and 1891 volumes, and, on the other hand, ideas about the author’s place within broader traditions of modern children’s writing that believe—as the Duck observes in "The Devoted Friend”—that it is “dangerous” to propagate morals.
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