Oscar Wilde and the Law Conference

Thursday, November 07, 2013, 12:00 PM to Friday 08, 03:15 PM

John Rogers Hall, Price and Turpen Courtroom


Professor Robert Spoo; Merlin Holland, scholar and grandson of Oscar Wilde; and fellow scholars present a two-day interdisciplinary conference exploring the ways in which law shaped the life and legacy of the famous Irish playwright and wit.

Thursday, November 7

12:15 - 1:45 PM
Keynote Address: "Oscar Wilde: A Century of Copyrights and Wrongs"
Merlin Holland

2:00 - 3:45 PM
Panel: "Oscar Wilde: Private Acts, Public Opinion, Public Display"
Moderator: Robert Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, The University of Tulsa College of Law

*Brief remarks, Clayton B. Hodges, Director, The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Tulsa

"Oscar Wilde: Shifting Public Opinions and the Enticing Danger of Community Support"
Professor Laura Appleman, Willamette University College of Law

"Oscar Wilde, Trademarking Taste"
Professor Jonathan Goldman, English Department, New York Institute of Technology

"Whistler, Wilde, Sargent, and the Dandy"
Joseph A. Kestner, McFarlin Professor of English, The University of Tulsa

Friday, November 8

Noon - 1:30 PM
Panel I: "Wilde, Dorian Gray, Blackmail, and the Law"
Moderator: Professor Stephen Galoob, The University of Tulsa College of Law

"The Trial of Dorian Gray"
Professor Simon Stern, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

"The Puzzle of Blackmail"
Professor Russell Christopher, The University of Tulsa College of Law

"Genre on Trial: A Picture of Wilde's Persecution"
Matthew Kochis, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, Dickinson College

1:45 - 3:15 PM
Panel II: "Law, Libel, and Literature"
Moderator: Tamara Piety, Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of Law, The University of Tulsa College of Law

"Libel and Literature"
Sean Latham, Pauline Walter Professor of English and Comparative Literature,
Editor, James Joyce Quarterly, The University of Tulsa

"He's a Pishogue, If You Know What That Is: Oscar Wilde, Leopold Bloom, and the Citizen at the Bar"
Professor Margot Backus, Department of English, University of Houston

"Oscar Wilde: Man of Law"
Professor Robert Spoo, The University of Tulsa College of Law

The conference is free and open to the public.  RSVP to Barbette Veit.

Barbette Veit