Oscar Wilde in context / edited by Kerry Powell and Peter Raby. [electronic resource]

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
1 online resource (xxxiv, 402 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Literature in context.
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English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Oscar Wilde was a courageous individualist whose path-breaking life and work were shaped in the crucible of his time and place, deeply marked by the controversies of his era. This collection of concise and illuminating articles reveals the complex relationship between Wilde's work and ideas and contemporary contexts including Victorian feminism, aestheticism and socialism. Chapters investigate how Wilde's writing was both a resistance to and quotation of Victorian master narratives and genre codes. From performance history to film and operatic adaptations, the ongoing influence and reception of Wilde's story and work is explored, proposing not one but many Oscar Wildes. To approach the meaning of Wilde as an artist and historical figure, the book emphasises not only his ability to imagine new worlds, but also his bond to the turbulent cultural and historical landscape around him - the context within which his life and art took shape.
An appreciation: Oscar Wilde: the art of the somdomite / Mark Ravenhill
Part I. Placing Wilde.
Son and parents: Speranza and Sir William Wilde / Sean Ryder
Wilde's Dublin; Dublin's Wilde / Jerusha McCormack
Oxford, Hellenism, male friendship / Philip E. Smith II
An aesthete in America / Leon Litvack
Wilde's London / Matt Cook
Wilde and Paris / John Stokes
Part II. Aesthetic and Critical Contexts.
Oscar Wilde's poetic traditions: from Aristophanes's Clouds to The Ballad of Reading Gaol / Joseph Bristow
William Morris and the House Beautiful / Marcus Waithe
Wilde and British art / Richard Dorment
Aubrey Beardsley and Salome / Susan Owens
Between two worlds and beyond them: John Ruskin and Walter Pater / John Paul Riquelme
Oscar Wilde, Henry James and the fate of aestheticism / Michèle Mendelssohn
Style at the fin de siècle: aestheticist, decadent, symbolist / Ellis Hanson
Poisoned by a book: the lethal aura of The Picture of Dorian Gray / Peter Raby
Rewriting farce / Kerry Powell
Bernard Shaw and 'Hibernian drama' / Anthony Roche
Wilde, the fairy tales and the oral tradition / Jarlath Killeen
Part III. Cultural and Historical Contexts: Ideas, Iterations, Innovations.
Oscar Wilde's crime and punishment: fictions, facts and questions / Merlin Holland
Wilde and evolution / David Clifford
Dandyism and late Victorian masculinity / James Eli Adams
Oscar Wilde and the New Woman / Margaret D. Stetz
Oscar Wilde and socialism / Josephine M. Guy
Wilde and Christ / Jan-Melissa Schramm
Aestheticism / Ruth Livesey
Journalism / Mark W. Turner
The censorship of the stage: writing on the edge of the allowed / Helen Freshwater
Feminism / Barbara Caine
Wilde and the law / Harry Cocks
Part IV. Reception and Afterlives.
Reception and performance history of The Importance of Being Earnest / Joseph Donohue
Reception and performance history of Wilde's society plays / Sos Eltis
A short history of Salome / Steven Price
Wilde and stage design: some deductions, appraisals and selected instances / Richard Cave
Wilde life: Oscar on film / Oliver S. Buckton
Wilde and performativity / Lynn Voskuil
Wilde and his editors / Russell Jackson
Wilde's texts, contexts and 'The Portrait of Mr. W.H.' / Ian Small.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Powell, Kerry, editor.
Raby, Peter, editor.