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Oscar Wilde Society Annual General Meeting

September 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray

The AGM will be held by Zoom video conferencing on Friday 22 September at 7.00 p.m. It will be followed at 8.00 p.m. by an illustrated talk by Yvonne Ivory called ‘Dorian Gray in Babylon Berlin’. Yvonne writes:

After his death in 1900, Irish author Oscar Wilde became a cult figure in the German-speaking world. He had his fans among anarchists, individualists, socialists, aesthetes, expressionists and, especially, in the queer community. Some celebrated his life and mourned his martyrdom; others took up a mode of homage preferred by Wilde himself and let his work inspire their own new creations. This talk will explore how some Germans reimagined The Picture of Dorian Gray from the end of Great War into the Golden Twenties. How might the lost 1917 film Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray relate to the first gay movie Anders als die Anderen (1919)? Does Franz Schreker’s risqué 1918 opera Die Gezeichneten – a smash hit in its day – owe a debt to Wilde’s novel? And what’s behind the name of Berlin’s lesbian nightclub, the Café Dorian Gray? Find out in this survey of just some of the German Pictures of Dorian Gray.

The zoom link for the AGM and the talk will be emailed to members a few days before the meeting.

Welcome and introductions
1. Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM
2. Chairman’s report
3 Hon. Secretary’s report
4. Hon. Treasurer’s report
5. Membership subscriptions for 2023/2024
6. Website and social media
7. The Wildean
8. Other publications
9. Elections for the Committee for 2023/2024
10. Elections of Honorary Officers of the Society for 2023/2024:
– Hon. Secretary
– Hon. Treasurer
– Chairman
11. Appointed members for 2023/2024
12. Members’ comments and questions
13. Close


September 22, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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