Oscar Wilde: Celebrity or Notoriety? A symposium; July 25-27, 2013

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Chad Thomas / The Santa Fe Opera
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The Santa Fe Opera seeks proposals for its first (of three proposed annual) New Works Symposium. The symposium will take place July 25-27, 2013, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The theme for this year's symposium is "Oscar Wilde: Celebrity or Notoriety?" and is presented in conjunction with the world premiere of Oscar, an opera about the life of Oscar Wilde after his infamous trial for Gross Indecency, and his too-early death. This symposium offers an opportunity to theorize Wilde's continuing relevance in literature, theater, and culture more broadly. We invite proposals from a variety of disciplines with a diversity of approaches. Presentations might include Wilde as a figure of literary and theatrical renown, focus on his influential wit and gift for aphorism, contextualize the ways in which he scandalized (and was punished by) Victorian society, theorize Wilde as a modern queer figure (or perhaps gay martyr), and/or consider the ways in which Wilde's life and work have been consistently appropriated and re-appropriated since his death.

Scholars, critics, artists, activists, or writers representing any field or discipline are invited to offer proposals for consideration. Proposals may be for conference-type papers or any other form suitable for a symposium. Proposals should include an abstract of 250 to 300 words in length (with a preliminary summary of the content of the proposed presentation), any audio-visual/other technological requirements. Proposals should also include the submitter's name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and complete contact information. Please submit a current curriculum vita with your proposal.

Submit proposals electronically as word documents or pdfs to Chad Thomas (Chad.Thomas@uah.edu) by March 25, 2013.