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Director's Talk | Sex, Sin, and Punishment: Oscar Wilde and Willa Cather

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 7–8:30pm
Location: The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

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Wolfsonian director Tim Rodgers takes to the podium for a talk on sexuality and decadence at the turn of the century. Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for “gross indecency” in 1895 prompted Willa Cather, one of America’s most beloved authors, to write a scathing summary of all that Wilde represented to her: immoral sex, frivolity, and wasted talent. This lecture will explore how Wilde and Cather, both gay writers, came to hold opposing values and aesthetics that prevented them from being compatriots.

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