March 27 2008
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 â€œEdward Heron-Allen and Oscar Wildeâ€™s Lord Arthur Savileâ€™s Crime: A Study of Influenceâ€ during a noon brown bag program. Navarreâ€™s talk will focus on Wilde and Heron-Allenâ€™s shared interest in palmistry, the motivating force behind the dark humor of Lord Arthur Savileâ€™s actions in Wildeâ€™s 1887 short story.
Navarreâ€™s 1995 work, â€œThe Publishing History of Aubrey Beardsleyâ€™s Compositions for Oscar Wildeâ€™s SalomÃ©,â€ remains the standard academic reference on Beardsleyâ€™s controversial illustrations for Wildeâ€™s play worldwide. A Wisconsin native, Navarre was educated at the University of Wisconsin, where she earned her bachelorâ€™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 â€œAdventures in Scholarly Researchâ€ 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 â€œImpressions,â€ the society e-journal of American Wilde scholarship, at www.owsoa.org and in a limited fine-press print edition.
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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.