Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum

  • Megan Girdwood (Invited speaker)

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"'The dancer is not a woman who dances': The Performing Body in Oscar Wilde’s Salomé"

Megan Girdwood’s paper will explore how Oscar Wilde’s Salomé negotiates with issues of performance. Through taking a close look at the relationship between the body and its textual rendering, it will offer an interpretation of Wilde’s female dancer as the model for a new kind of performance, built around the intersections between dance and a proto-modernist cinematic imagination. Developing recent critiques of literary modernism’s debt to other art forms and performance spaces (Jones 2013; Wall-Romana 2013), this paper will conclude by looking at the ramifications of Wilde’s text for versions of the Salomé narrative beyond the symbolist theatre.
Period19 May 2015
Event typeSymposium
LocationYork, United KingdomShow on map