Joseph Bristow (UCLA): ‘Homosexual Blackmail in 1890s London: The Fitzroy Street Raid, the Oscar Wilde Trials, and the Case of Cotsford Dick’

Hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

When: Monday 24 October 2016, 7:30pm

Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD


Abstract: Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA) is currently working on a reconstruction of the two criminal trials that resulted in Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. This talk is part of this work and explores three interrelated scandals involving homosexual blackmail, male prostitution, and music-hall and drag culture from 1894 to 1897.


Adorno: Impact and Influences

Theodor W. Adorno

Royal Holloway will be hosting an international conference next Wednesday (13th November) on ‘Adorno: Impact and Influences’.

There will be keynote lectures by Professor Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway) and Dr Darrow Schecter (University of Sussex).

Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, TW20 0EX
Windsor Building 02/03
Registration 9.30am
Contact to book a place
Free Admission


Late View: Guildhall Gothic

Friday 25 October, 6-10pm

Don’t miss our Neo-Victorian extravagaza to celebrate Victoriana: The Art of Revival, the first major exhibition in the UK to offer a retrospective of Victorian revivalism.

For the first time we’ll be partying in the renowned medieval crypts of the Guildhall as well as the Art Gallery. Take in the exhibition, see Victorian theatre with bite courtesy of Don’t Go Into The Cellar, attend Art Macabre’srenowned drawing salon, marvel at the feats of Leopold Aleksander aka The Mighty Moustache and dance the night away to the music hall stylings of the Singing Victorians.

Be sure to dress the part and grab a cocktail from our tasty pop-up bar.

Tickets: £10 in advance (£12 on the door). 

Available now from


In Search of ‘Man-Making Words’: Masculinities, Citizenship, and the Nation, 1750-1945

2nd August 2013, Newcastle University


BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies) Annual Conference:

Nineteenth-Century Numbers

29th – 31st August 2013, Royal Holloway, University of London


Dickens Day 2013: Dickens and History

12th October 2013, Senate House, London

Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens’s life and work. Dickens’s early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works. The Victorians were profoundly exercised by the idea of history: the historical novel remained one of the most popular and prestigious literary genres; history and historiography were professionalised, theorised and institutionalised as objects of academic concern; and the period itself was shaped by epochal events of nation building, imperial rise and fall, and an increasing sense of historical progress and destiny.

Registration: Standard £30, Concessions and IES members £25, Students £20.

More information, programme and registration here:


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