Join Susannah Fullerton as she presents her lecture HOMOSEXUAL LOVE | Oscar Wilde and 'The Happy Prince' via Zoom. Please ensure you have downloaded and signed up to Zoom before the lecture begins https://zoom.us/
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Oscar Wilde went to prison because of 'the love that dare not speak its name', and faced public disgrace and humiliation for loving men. He could not be overt about this in his writings, but homosexual love is there in coded form in many of his works. In the exquisite story The Happy Prince the bird who falls for the statue of a prince is male. Wilde shows the unselfishness and pathos of the sparrow's love.
SUSANNAH FULLERTON has been the President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for more than twenty years. She has written several books about Jane Austen and has lectured about her favourite novelist around Australia and overseas. She received an OAM for services to literature and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. Susannah is also the Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia. She leads literary tours to the UK, Europe, NZ and the USA, and she sends out a popular and free monthly blog, ‘Notes from a Book Addict’ which you can sign up for on her website. Susannah is one of ADFAS’s most popular Australian lecturers and she offers a wide range of talks about famous writers and their works.
This lecture is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust
still from The Happy Prince (2018 film) directed by Rupert Everett and featuring Colin Morran as Lord Alfred Douglas