A Preface to Oscar Wilde

Anne Varty

Editura: Longman
A Preface to Oscar Wilde provides a detailed study of the cultural, personal and political influences that shaped Wilde's writing. The study concentrates primarily on his fiction, critical dialogues and plays that were published between 1890 and 1895, and detailed accounts of Wilde's lesser known works such as his poetry, journalism and letters are also presented. The first section places his work in a variety of cultural contexts: Wilde's family life and his Irish inheritance are examined, the impact of his sexuality on his writing and reputation is considered, and a description is provided of how Wilde became a legendary figure in the arts. Major innovations and successes, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest are related to avant garde movements of their day such as aestheticism, decadence, and symbolism. Reference sections provide supporting material such as a Wilde chronology, a glossary of terms and a bibliography for further study. Anne Varty sets out in this study to bring to life the work of Wilde, and to make his writing accessible to readers who are unfamiliar with his achievements. In so doing, she confronts the ethical drive of his work, and demonstrates the coherent evolution of his work from the aestheticism of the early poetry, through the sophisticated handling of theatre, to the dark self-scrutiny of autobiography. The comprehensive and accessible approach makes this a useful reference work to all who are studying Oscar Wilde, both at A Level and undergraduate level. The content will also appeal to the general reader who is seeking to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Wilde's work.
  • Limba : Engleza
  • Cuprins : List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction

    PART ONE: BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT 
    Chronological tables
    Family life: Lady Wilde and Mrs Oscar Wilde
    Ireland
    Homosexuality
    The myth of Wilde

    PART TWO: AESTHETIC AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 
    Lectures
    Journalism
    'The Woman's World'
    'The Soul of Man Under Socialism'
    Critical dialogues
    Theatre practice and innovation

    PART THREE:  CRITICAL SURVEY
    Poetry: 'Poems' (1881); 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'
    Short fiction: 'The Happy Prince'; 'The House of Pomegranates'
    Aesthetic criticism
    Aesthetic prose: 'The Fisherman and his Soul'
    Newspaper fiction: 'Lord Arthur Saville's Crime and Other Stories'
    'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
    Salome, 'Salome', and symbolist theatre
    The social comedies: 'Lady Windermeres's Fan'; 'A Woman of no Importance'; 'An Ideal Husband'; 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
    Letters: 'De Profundis'; On prison reform

    PART FOUR: R
  • Data Publicarii : 1998
  • Editie : 1
  • Format : Paperback
  • Numar pagini : 264
  • ISBN : 9780582234826
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