The Importance of Being Catholic?
A Lecture and Conversation about the Faith of Oscar Wilde
When: November 25th, 2014; 8:00 a.m.
Where: Penn Newman Center, Lower Level (3720 Chestnut St, Philadelphia)
Paul Fortunato, Associate Professor of English, University of Houston – Downtown, and author of Modernist Aesthetics and Consumer Culture in the Writings of Oscar Wilde (Routledge, 2007).
Oscar Wilde was received into the Catholic Church on his death bed, but critics are divided as to how sincere his conversion was. We will discuss Wilde’s faith journey, from his days at Oxford, when he first thought of becoming Catholic, through his fast and furious days of success as a London playwright, through his time in prison for his homosexuality, and beyond.
For those interested, the lecture is preceded by Mass at 7:30 a.m.
To register for the event, please visit our Eventbrite page at: http://bit.do/wildefaith
For a PDF of our poster, please click here.
Please click here for a PDF if you are interested in reading Oscar Wilde’s short story “The Selfish Giant”.