A portrait image of Oscar Wilde

Devilish & Debonair: The Wildean Dandy and the Long Life of a Gay Stereotype


22 February 2020

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Venue Leeds City Museum

Tags Adult, Community, Event, Talk,

Talk, discussion and QA with Professor Ruth Robbins (Leeds Beckett University) in support of Leeds LGBT+ Forum for LGBT History Month.

An all-consuming interest in self-image, a pose of world-weary cynicism coupled with quick wit languorously expressed – these are the hallmarks of the figure of the dandy. It is a stereotype long-associated with dissident sexualities, and its high priest is Oscar Wilde. Using Wilde’s social comedies as a case study in the figure’s development and influence, this talk is about both the uses and abuses of a stereotype of gay identity. It traces a long history of the dandy, both backwards and forwards from Wilde, to raise questions about its persistence as a marker of gay identity, in order to examine what this may tell us about cultures of representation.

This is event is free to attend but must be booked via Eventbrite.

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