Petra Dierkes-Thrun

Event Information

Date & Time
February 4, 2016 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Serra House
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Fellows' Lunch Featuring Petra Dierkes-Thrun


Petra Dierkes-Thrun: "Oscar Wilde, Rachilde and the Mercure de France: Queer Paris Networks in the 1890s"

Petra ​Dierkes-Thrun examines the personal and professional relations between Oscar Wilde​ and​ the French Decadent writer, salon hostess and publisher Rachilde (1860-1956)​. Dierkes-Thrun also discusses Rachilde's Parisian literary magazine, Mercure de France, which provided Wilde with a network of avant-garde writers, artists and journalists. This group played a little-known yet crucial role in defending and carrying on Wilde’s legacy after his scandalous 1895 trials and untimely death in Paris in 1900, illustrating the intricate relations between queer aesthetics and eroticism in the 1890s-1920s.

Petra Dierkes-Thrun is Director of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning and Lecturer, Comparative Literature. 

Stanford faculty are invited to join us for lunch and a discussion.  Please RSVP to Wendy Skidmore if you would like to attend. 


  • Petra Dierkes-Thrun Web Photo
    • Director, Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
    • Lecturer, Comparative Literature
    • Lecturer, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2015-16
    Petra Dierkes-Thrun is the newly appointed Director of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning for the Vice Provost’s Office for Teaching and Learning and a Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford. Her areas of expertise are European Fin-de-Siècle and Modernist literature and culture, LGBTQ studies, feminist and queer theory, as well as digital pedagogy in the humanities...