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*EVENT REMINDER* Speaker Lunch: Sex, Fiction and the Law by Marco Wan

Date : Wednesday 21-Mar-2018
Time : 12:15-2:15pm
Venue : Kiangsu Chekiang and Shanghai Residents (HK) Association Restaurant, 4/F Manning House
Event fee for pay in advance : HK$400.00 (Member)
: HK$500.00 (Associate)
  : HK$500.00 (Guest)
Event fee for pay at door : HK$400.00 (Member)
: HK$500.00 (Associate)
  : HK$500.00 (Guest)
Sign-up Deadline : Wednesday 21-Mar-2018
Contact Person : Carolyn Yeh: carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu

Speaker Lunch: Sex, Fiction and the Law by Marco Wan (based on his book: Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction)

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time: 12:15 – 2:15pm

Venue: Kiangsu Chekiang and Shanghai Residents (HK) Association Restaurant, 4/F Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Cost (includes lunch):

Early bird (on or before Mar 6): HK$300 (members); HK$400 (associates/guests)

Standard (Mar 7 onwards): HK$400 (members); HK$500 (associates/guests)

(*Please send payment confirmation to carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu to confirm your seat*)

Speaker: Marco Wan is a Hong Kong native.  Education: Yale University (B.A. in Comparative Literature); University of Cambridge (BA/MA in Law; PhD in English); Harvard University (LLM)

Contact Person: Rawen Huang (rawen.huang@aya.yale.edu), Carolyn Yeh (carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu)

About the Book: Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction (Routledge, 2017)

How do lawyers, judges and jurors read novels? And what is at stake when literature and law confront each other in the courtroom? Nineteenth-century England and France are remembered for their active legal prosecution of literature, and this book examines the ways in which five novels were interpreted in the courtroom: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Paul Bonnetain’s Charlot s’amuse, Henry Vizetelly’s English translation of Émile Zola’s La Terre, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness. It argues that each of these novels attracted legal censure because they presented figures of sexual dissidence – the androgyne, the onanist or masturbator, the patricide, the homosexual and the lesbian – that called into question an increasingly fragile normative, middleclass masculinity. Offering close readings of the novels themselves, and of legal material from the proceedings, such as the trial transcripts and judicial opinions, the book addresses both the doctrinal dimensions of Victorian obscenity and censorship, as well as the reading practices at work in the courtroom. It situates the cases in their historical context, and highlights how each trial constitutes a scene of reading – an encounter between literature and the law – through which different forms of masculinity were shaped, bolstered or challenged.

About the Author

Marco Wan is Associate Professor of Law and Honorary Associate Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. His first book, Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction (Routledge, 2016), won the Penny Pether Prize for outstanding scholarship in law and humanities from the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia. He has research interests in law and literature; the legal regulation of gender and sexuality; and law and film. He has held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, the National University of Singapore, and the Law and Culture Centre at the University of Bonn. He is also Managing Editor of Law and Literature, which was founded as the journal of the law and literature movement in the United States. His educational background is in both literary/cultural studies and legal studies; he obtained his BA from Yale University, his first law degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and his LLM from Harvard Law School. He recently received the University Outstanding Teaching Prize from HKU. He is currently working on a monograph on law and film in Hong Kong.


NOTE: Please send payment confirmation to carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu to confirm your seat.  Spaces are limited so sign up early!