Dr. Jamil Mustafa, professor and chair of English at Lewis University, will be presenting “Haunting ‘The Harlot’s House’” in Paris this June as part of Wilde Days in Paris 2014, an international conference on Oscar Wilde.
The conference, organized by The Oscholars, marks the 160th anniversary of Wilde’s birth with a series of events. Work on an exhibition, a theatre program, and a film series is advancing steadily. The Oscholars is a website created in Feb. 2007 for a group of journals and webpages devoted to exploring the literature and arts of the fin de siècle.
Earlier this month at the annual Modern Language Association convention in Chicago, in a panel entitled “Cosmopolitan Wilde,” Mustafa presented “Apparitional Allegories,” which focused on links between the works of Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe. In Fall 2013, he continued his research into Wilde with support from a Lewis University Faculty Scholar Award.
In Spring 2013, he presented a preliminary version of “Haunting ‘The Harlot’s House’” at the University of Chicago’s 18th- and 19th- Century Cultures Workshop. Mustafa’s paper considered Oscar Wilde’s poem within the context of late-Victorian literature and culture.
Mustafa’s ongoing writing and speaking on Wilde develops from research he conducted with manuscript and published versions of “The Harlot’s House” in 2012 at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library while participating in “Oscar Wilde and His Circle,” a five-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar.
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