Witches, wizards and magical beasts — the trappings of both a Harry Potter-themed YouTube musical and, often, the Freudian parade we have dubbed “Halloween.” Since October comes second only to December in crafting the mood of a full month around a single holiday — on the last day, no less! — it’s worth indulging in…
Petra Dierkes-Thrun is a lecturer in the Comparative Literature department and advocate of digital pedagogy. The Stanford Daily sat down with Thrun to discuss her thoughts on Oscar Wilde and integrating technology into comparative literature curricula.
The first of Oscar Wilde’s four plays, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” often feels like a first draft for his later and better plays like “An Ideal Husband” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
“I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance,” proclaims Lady Bracknell, offering one of the most scathing social criticisms in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and one that sets the tone for the Stanford Summer Theater’s witty frolic through Oscar Wilde’s London high society. “Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.”