Virtual Course | Why We’re Still Wilde About Oscar

Date / Time

  • March 23, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 6, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 20, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • May 4, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



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Anyone who saw the 2019 exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion at the Met Museum, which included works by and photographs of Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), knows that he is an ongoing inspiration to writers, filmmakers, social activists, and also to visual artists such as fashion designers. Queer communities, Irish American communities, Black communities, feminist communities, and many others continue to embrace him. Why is he a figure today of such—to use a favorite word of his—importance? Our course will address that question by looking at some key writings by and about him and will explore his appeal across the lines of gender, sexuality, nationality, and race. It will also highlight the role of the Rosenbach in preserving his legacy and the significance to Wilde’s career of Philadelphia, which he visited twice in 1882.  

Why We’re Still Wilde About Oscar Syllabus


About the Instructor

Margaret D. Stetz, PhD, is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. She has published many essays and book chapters on Oscar Wilde and in 2015 was co-curator of the Rosenbach exhibition Everything Is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia. 


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