MOOC: Oscar Wilde, writer and language philosopher

Starting on October 27 for six weeks, the many fans of the great Irish writer can experience the first MOOC in French devoted to Oscar Wilde, taught by Pascal Aquien, professor of English literature at Paris-Sorbonne.


As well as addressing the many aspects of the works of Wilde - poetry, novels, theatre, short stories and essays - this original MOOC in particular highlights Wilde’s strong ties to France, its language and its literature, which had a profound influence on him. Wilde lived in France and died there, and his grave at the Père-Lachaise cemetery is one of the most visited. He is also one of the few English-speaking authors to have written one of his most famous plays in French: Salomé. Oscar Wilde is extremely well-loved in France. He is quoted frequently and is a constant reference.

Pascal Aquien encourages students to see beyond the simplistic image we often have of Wilde, namely that of a dilettante aesthete, with no idea of the depth of his philosophy and the originality of his writing.  Contrary to what Gide said, Wilde put his genius into his work and not into his life.

Exhibition at the Petit Palais in Paris

The MOOC, available free of charge at the international platform edX and broadly accessible to all French-speaking audiences, is offered at the very time when the Petit Palais is devoting the first big French exhibition to the writer (September 28, 2016 - January 15, 2017).

All you need to know about this MOOC

Date : October 27 to december 1, 2016


To follow the MOOC, register now on the EdX platform


 The MOOC offers six one-hour sessions per week.

Each session includes six episodes of 10-minute classes. Each episode is extended by one or more exercises, which allow the learner to assess their understanding.


To mark the launch of the Oscar Wilde MOOC, Sorbonne University and Paris-Sorbonne, in partnership with the Petit Palais, are offering a reading of Wilde’s texts by the actor Daniel Mesguich on November 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Sorbonne. 

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