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Historical Event, Wed 6 Feb 2019, free entry

Leeds Cultural Conversations - Devilish and Debona

Leeds Cultural Conversations - Devilish and Debona


Presented by Professor Ruth Robbins.

An all-consuming interest in self-image, a pose of world-weary cynicism coupled with quick wit languorously expressed – these are the hallmarks of the figure of the dandy. It is a stereotype long-associated with dissident sexualities, and its high priest is Oscar Wilde. Using Wilde’s social comedies as a case study in the figure’s development and influence, this talk is about both the uses and abuses of a stereotype of gay identity. It traces a long history of the dandy, both backwards and forwards from Wilde, to raise questions about its persistence as a marker of gay identity, in order to examine what this may tell us about cultures of representation. 

This event coincides with LGBT History Month and is in support of the OUTing the past conference 2019. [] The event is also part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations [] series organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts [] at Leeds Beckett University. 

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 6 Feb 2019 12:30 to 13:30


Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.



    Leeds Town Hall,
    The Headrow,
    LS1 3AD



    See location of Leeds Town Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 297338  Lat: 53.80038 Long: -1.54971

    By Road: From all directions head into Leeds city centre, upon arrival at the city follow signs for the city loop road (the one way system around the city centre). The Town Hall is found at junction 3 of the loop, and parking is found in nearby streets and The Light car park.

    By Public Transport: From Leeds City Station, exit the station by the Queens hotel. Cross the road to the Park Plaza hotel and head straight up Park Row. Turn left at the crossroads at the junction with The Headrow, the Town Hall is found at the next crossroads. If travelling by bus, from Leeds Bus Station walk up New York Street to Kirkgate Market. Turn right into Vicar Lane and then at the crossroads, turn left to The Headrow. Walk for approximately five minutes and you will arrive outside the Town Hall


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality