23
Monday
Mar
2015
University of OttawaLamoureux 145 Jean-Jacques Lussier - Room 124
7:30pm

CELTIC CHAIR LECTURE SERIES:
Oscar the Irish Rebel,
Wilde on Trial

Presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
"Walsh's fascinating and meticulously researched book (Oscar's Shadow) examined unpublished archival material and delves into a wealth of Irish critical studies and dramatizations of Wilde's life and sexuality.
Eibhear Walshe

Don’t miss Professor Eibhear Walshe, author The Diary of Mary Travers.
 It is April 1895 and Oscar Wilde is on trial in London at the Old  Bailey, following his libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, and  faces ruin, public disgrace and imprisonment. In County Cork, a woman  called Mary Travers is following the Wilde Trials in the newspapers,  increasingly troubled by the growing public outcry. Mary Travers has her  own secret, her hidden connection with Oscar Wilde and his parents,  William and Jane, and dreads discovery and exposure. Unknown to those  around her, in 1864, as a young woman, she had been the key figure in a  notorious court case in Dublin, in which she sued Jane Wilde for libel,  and the resulting scandal filled the newspapers for weeks. In this new  novel,  The Diary of Mary Travers , this controversial case is re-imagined  for the first time through the eyes of the central figure, Mary Travers, and  in her diary she reveals her own part in this scandal, her unhappy home  life and her intimate connection with two of the most celebrated writers  of her time, William and Jane Wilde.

 


 

Further information: Paul W Birt; pwbirt@uottawa.caS

 

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