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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Oscar Wilde’s Beautiful Things

15th September 2012, 15:00 to 16:00, Palace Green Library, Simon James (Durham University)

Oscar Wilde was the leading voice of the aesthetic movement in the closing decades of the Nineteenth Century. Like many poets and artists, he preached the importance of beauty above all other values - but shocked Victorian society by arguing that art should be neither necessarily true nor good, but above all beautiful for its own sake - and that even life itself should be lived as beautifully as if it were a work of art.

To mark the closing of 'Outrageously Modern! Avant-Garde Magazines that Shocked Britain 1884-1922,' Palace Green Library and the Department of English Studies would like to welcome you to a closing series of public exhibition talks.

Entry to the talks is included in our usual admission charge but seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. We regret that it is not possible to reserve seats.

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