Conference: "Oscar Wilde, Sexuality, and the State"

Fri 6/7/2024 • 9:15AM - Sat 6/8/2024 • 12:30PM PDT

UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

This conference will consider both the fin-de-siècle contexts and the worldwide consequences of the three trials involving Oscar Wilde that took place at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) from 3 April 1895 to 25 May 1895. These trials, which arguably constitute the most famous criminal proceedings relating to the state prohibition of male homosexuality, resulted in a brutal two-year sentence for committing acts of gross indecency with other males, for which Wilde suffered solitary confinement with hard labor.

"Oscar Wilde, Sexuality, and the State," organized by Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA English), takes the occasion of Wilde’s courtroom ordeal as a starting-point for understanding not only the growing awareness of queer subcultures during the 1880s and 1890s but also the long shadow that Wilde’s trials cast upon the proscription of same-sex intimacy in many different parts of the world.

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