Oscar Wilde and the Evolution of Modern Comedy

Posted by mn251 at Mar 14, 2019 10:05 AM |
Join Dr Nick Freeman for a discussion about how comedy has developed since the late-19th Century.

'There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it'. So says Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, otherwise known to his friends as Oscar Wilde. The 19th century novelist, playwright, poet and critic remains today one of the most celebrated dramatists of all time. He's known equally for his witty aphorisms and splendid comedy plays, which continue to influence comedy today.

Wilde's impact on the evolution of modern comedy will be the main subject of a talk by Dr Nick Freeman, reader in Late Victorian Literature at Loughborough University. Dr Freeman is an expert authority on the decadent culture of the 1890s and has particular interests in a wide range of late 19th Century literature, verse and prose.

The talk is being held in conjunction with the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society – themselves key figures in establishing the importance of the arts within Leicester since 1835.

The event will take place at New Walk Museum on 18 March at 7.30pm.

Booking is not required. Tickets cost £5 (£1 for students).

More information here.

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