Celebrating the life of Oscar and Constance Wilde

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October 6 2019

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Professor Christine Kinealy, director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, will lead a walk through Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 6 to celebrate the life of Constance Wilde as part of the Dublin Festival of History. "Constance has been overshadowed by her brilliant husband, Oscar, but she was a major influence on him, especially in the areas of politics and fashion reform," Kinealy said. "She deserves to be remembered for her unique contributions to modern thought." Kinealy will be joined on the walk by Ruth Griffin, fashion historian and founder of the Lost Fashion History Tours. They will discuss the life of Constance Wilde, a successful writer, feminist and social activist and the wife of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Constance Wilde and her husband led a movement to reform fashion in the late 19th century. The movement rejected the Victorian notion that women's clothing should be constricting and tight. The walk will mark the first event of an 18-month program in which the Great Hunger Institute will celebrate Oscar Wilde and his remarkable family. On March 18, the institute will host a one-day symposium titled, "Being Wilde. The Importance of Oscar," and unveil a new exhibition, "Oscar Wilde and the Importance of Being Irish," in the Arnold Bernhard Library.

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