Bowdoin invites public

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BRUNSWICK – The community is invited to read Oscar Wilde’s novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” then attend a book lecture by Aviva Briefel, Bowdoin College associate professor of English, Wednesday, Feb. 7, on the Bowdoin campus.

This the first event in the Bowdoin Book Lecture Series. “This new program invites all members of the community to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture on it,” said Barbara Reinertsen, a member of the Association of Bowdoin Friends steering committee. “It’s one more way in which members of the Mid Coast community can benefit from having one of the country’s most outstanding colleges in our midst.”

Briefel teaches courses in Victorian literature and film at Bowdoin. She is the author of “The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century.”

“Oscar Wilde’s only novel is one of the most important narratives of the end of the 19th century,” said Briefel. “It is especially innovative for its representation of male relationships and for its exploration of the link between humans and art objects.”

The book lectures are open to the public and will include time for questions. Admission is free. The Feb. 7 lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. For more information, call 725-3253.

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