Oscar Wilde Symposium at ISU March 31

March 27 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Honors Program will present an Oscar Wilde Symposium featuring presentations by ISU honors students on the remarkable Irish writer, scholar, and wit Oscar Wilde Monday, March 31 from 9 am to 4 pm in Dede I of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Guests are welcome to attend all or part of the Symposium. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Joan Navarre, an international recognized scholar of Wilde and his Victorian contemporaries, will present the keynote address “Edward Heron-Allen and Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime: A Study of Influence” during a noon brown bag program. Navarre’s talk will focus on Wilde and Heron-Allen’s shared interest in palmistry, the motivating force behind the dark humor of Lord Arthur Savile’s actions in Wilde’s 1887 short story.

Navarre’s 1995 work, “The Publishing History of Aubrey Beardsley’s Compositions for Oscar Wilde’s Salomé,” remains the standard academic reference on Beardsley’s controversial illustrations for Wilde’s play worldwide. A Wisconsin native, Navarre was educated at the University of Wisconsin, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1988, and at Marquette University, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in 1990 and a doctorate of philosophy in 1995.

A former assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, for the past seven years Navarre has divided her time between London, where she serves as a Trustee of the Museum of Soho, and America while working on a biography of the Victorian polymath, Edward Heron-Allen. In addition to her own work she has, for over a decade, served as an advocate of American Wildean research and as project coordinator for a wide variety of public educational programs on literature, aesthetics, and Wilde.

On Wednesday, April 2, Navarre will give an informal talk on “Adventures in Scholarly Research” beginning at 9 am in Dreiser Hall 303. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Oscar Wilde Symposium is endorsed and supported by the Oscar Wilde Society of America. Proceedings of the Symposium will be published as the Spring 2008 volume of “Impressions,” the society e-journal of American Wilde scholarship, at www.owsoa.org and in a limited fine-press print edition.

For more information on the Symposium, contact Marilyn Bisch at 812-237-8272 or mbisch@indstate.edu .

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Contact: Marilyn Bisch, ISU Honors Program, (812) 237-8272 or mbisch@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Honors Program will present an Oscar Wilde Symposium featuring presentations by ISU honors students on the remarkable Irish writer, scholar, and wit Oscar Wilde Monday, March 31 from 9 am to 4 pm in Dede I of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

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