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Academic Year 2013-2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:15 pm, Jackman Humanities Bldg. (JHB), Room 616
"'Made no less for music and song than for the madness of kissing': Oscar Wilde, Student Journalism, and Oxford Politics, 1892-95."
Lecture by JOSEPH BRISTOW, Professor in the Department of English at UCLA. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Information, and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

Abstract: In 1892-93 Oscar Wilde's recurrent presence at Oxford, which resulted from his intimacy with Magdalen College undergraduate Alfred Douglas, generated considerable debate in the university's student press. The controversy intensified when the recently established Isis came into conflict with The Spirit Lamp: a newly founded literary periodical that, under Douglas' editorship, moved in an increasingly homoerotic direction. Once Douglas departed from Oxford without a degree, it was left to John Francis Bloxam to extend this editorial initiative with The Chameleon. As the Wilde trials show, these developments at Oxford had significant bearing on Wilde's prosecution for committing acts of "gross indecency" in May 1895.

Biography: Joseph Bristow is professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent publications include an edited collection, Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and (with Rebecca N. Mitchell) Oscar Wilde's Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery (Yale University Press, 2014). He has essays forthcoming on Rupert Brooke (ELH), on the anonymous queer 1890s novel Teleny (The Porn Archives, ed. Tim Dean [Duke University Press, 2014]), and on the Oscar Wilde trials (Feminist Theory). At present, he is developing "The Wilde Trials: A Reconstruction, 3 April-25 May 1895."