September 12, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Picture of Dorian GrayNo registration necessary: Read the book, join the discussion!

Professor Shelton Waldrep from USM will help us understand how Wilde’s text informs our understanding of current social trends and our expectations for the future. The Picture of Dorian Gray, published in 1890, explores the themes of narcissism and the nature of evil. As young aesthete Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. The book has been adapted for film and television more than a dozen times, most recently in a 2009 movie starring Colin Firth.

The library owns numerous copies of the book for those wishing to borrow it; anyone who has read the book or is familiar with the story is welcome to join the discussion.

About Shelton Waldrep

Waldrep’s next book will be published with Bloomsbury’s film and media studies division and is entitled The Space of Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and the Intermedial Twenty-First Century. 


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