Decadence and the Fairy Tale: Programme


Goldsmiths, Richard Hoggart Building, Room 137

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9.30 Registration

10.00 Keynote

  • Alessandro Cabiati (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Brown University): ‘Marvellous Abnormalities: Fairy Tales, Decadence, and Deviance in the Late Nineteenth Century’

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Oscar Wilde, Olive Custance, and Jessie Marion King

  • Megan Williams (University of Surrey): ‘“An artist Slaying his own Soul’: Oscar Wilde, Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and l’aube de siècle radical culture’
  • Frankie Dytor (University of Cambridge): ‘Olive Custance and Fairy Tale Renaissance’
  • Michelle Reynolds (University of Exeter): ‘Decadent New Women in Jessie Marion King’s Illustrated Edition of Oscar Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates

1.00 Lunch       

2.00 Decadence, the occult, and folklore

  • Damian Walsh (UCL): ‘‘Many secrets and many answers: the occult rituals of Wilde’s fairy tales’
  • James Dowthwaite (University of Jena): ‘“Nous n’avons pu sortir du château enchanté”: The Use of the Barbe-bleu Story in Huysmans and Maeterlinck’
  • Naomi Fukuzawa (University of Bologna): ‘Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaidan as Japanese Decadent Folklore’

3.30 Tea

4.00 Walter Pater, Errol Le Cain, and B. Catling

  • Lina Vekeman (Ghent University): ‘Decadent myths – decadent illustrations: Walter Pater and Errol Le Cain’s Cupid and Psyche
  • Victor Rees (UCL): ‘An Empire of Trees: B. Catling’s The Vorrh as 21st-century decadent fairy tale’

5.00 Drinks reception

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