"Reading the Wilde Trials" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

"Reading the Wilde Trials"

October 12, 2010 - 9:45am - 11:45am
James R. Kincaid (Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English at the Univ. of Southern California)


Oscar Wilde’s first trial was one he sought:  in 1895, he brought a libel charge against the Marquess of Queensbury, who had accused him of being a “somdomite” [sic].  Queensbury’s defense was that the charge was true.  Queensbury was acquitted, and in a second trial, Wilde was charged with sodomy and gross indecency and found guilty.  The trials were a crucial event in the history of homosexuality, and the colloquium will take up the construction and pathologization of deviance at work in them.


James R. Kincaid is Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English at the University of Southern California.  He works in many fields of critical theory, American studies, and queer studies.  His foundational books Child-Loving:  The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture (1992) and Erotic Innocence:  The Culture of Child Molesting (1998) expose how we as a culture sexualize the child and institute elaborate scapegoating rituals to disguise and deny what we are doing.  He regularly teaches courses about criminality/lunacy/perversion, age studies, censorship, and other areas of literary, political, and cultural studies. 

Dr. Kincaid will also present a lecture, "Brunhilde, Huck, and the Tragic Child," Tues. Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. in CL 144 as part of the Week of Twain.

*Readings for the colloquium are available from Nancy Glazener at glazener@pitt.edu.

 Bagels and coffee will be provided

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