Literature Class

Summer Term 2024

Wilde in our Eyes: Reinventing Oscar Wilde 1937-2023

From fame to shame, the life of Oscar Wilde continues to fascinate us, posing questions, curious difficulties, and mysteries for modern readers.

Far from being a well-worn tale, poets, playwrights, novelists, and screenwriters are compelled to re-tell his story, reinventing him as tragic hero, fool for love, Irish rebel, Queer icon, and martyr for the name of art.

Come and explore, debate, discuss an range of modern literature about Wilde. Primarily focusing on David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, Moises Kauffmann’s Gross Indecency, Leslie and Sewell Stokes’ Oscar Wilde, and Micheál Mac Liammóir’s one-man play The Importance of Being Oscar, we’ll also look at poems by John Betjeman and Paul Muldoon,  excerpts from novels by Peter Ackroyd and Neil Bartlett, and scenes from other plays and screenplays.

Writers have reclaimed the name of Wilde from an unspeakable word and propelled it into enduring global stardom. The course asks: ‘What lies behind this intriguing cultural phenomenon?’ ‘What’s at the crux of these representations of his life?’ ‘What motivates artists to tell the tale again and again?’

Enrolment Details
Courses are open to all. New participants are welcome. Classes run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00. The course runs for 10 weeks in total. 

Term dates
Term will start on April 16th and 17th until May 21st and 22nd, breaking for half-term week on May 28th and 29th, and resuming on June the 4th and 5th, and ending on July the 2nd and 3rd.
Some resources will be provided as photocopies.

For further information and enquiries please reply to the e-mail address below:

To book the course, transfer £125 to:
Alexander Fairbairn-Dixon Tuition
Monzo Business Account
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Account Number: 43715503
Feel free to contact me if you wish to make alternative arrangements for payment.

The café will be open for interval refreshments and light lunches. For more information about dates, fees and any other queries, please email:

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