Irish Aestheticism conference!


Cultures of Aestheticism—Before and After Oscar Wilde, Part 3:

Irish Aestheticism 

Directed by Clark Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA)

Friday June 10, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday June 11, 10:00 a.m.

Cultures of Aestheticism will feature a series of conferences that cover a fairly broad historical span, starting with the emergence of British assimilations of ideas about art for art’s sake (from French sources such as Théophile Gautier) in the 1850s and 1860s to the legacies of the Aesthetic Movement to interwar and post-war cultures around the world. The critical questions raised by aestheticism reverberate through many of the most decisive interventions into critiques of aesthetics (notably Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory), and their reappearance is evident in recent postmodern debates about “the new aestheticism.” The conference series will address the growth of l’art pour l’art in ways that expand our understanding of this movement beyond its more familiar cultural, disciplinary, and geo-political contexts.

Lady Wilde

Session 3Irish Aestheticism
This conference brings together scholars whose research explores the figure of the Irish aesthete before and after Oscar Wilde. Papers will examine such writers as Jane Francesca Wilde, George Moore, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge, Elizabeth Bowen, and Austin Clark, as well as performers including Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir. “Irish Aestheticism” takes place immediately before the XXII North American James Joyce Conference, Joyce in Science and Art, which will be held at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, June 12–16, 2011.

George Moore

Registration forms available at the website of the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.

Registration Deadline: June 3

Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
*Students should enclose a photocopy of their current ID with the registration form. Fees are not refundable and apply to full or partial attendance.

Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.

Please see the conference program for more information on speakers and topics.

W.B. Yeats


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