Oscar Wilde in Vienna: Pleasing and Teasing the Audience

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A joint event hosted by the Theatre Studies and Queer Studies Networks. Sandra Mayer, author of Oscar Wilde in Vienna, argues it was his willingness to both please and tease his audience. His plays skilfully manoeuvre between conformism and subversion, conventionality and innovation. Her new book investigates the dynamic interplay of literary work, theatre and audience, and is centrally concerned with the question of ‘what makes a classic?’

Sandra is joined by an expert panel to discuss the book and its themes: Professor Mary Luckhurst (Head of the School of Arts, University of Bristol), Professor Dominic Janes (Professor of Modern History, Keele University). Chaired by Dr Stefano Evangelista (Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford)