Oscar Wilde in Context

by Kerry Powell, Peter Raby

Series: Literature in Context

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  • 9781107016132
  • 9781107722729
  • 9781107720435
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.

  • Cambridge University Press; December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781107722729
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  • Title: Oscar Wilde in Context
  • Series: Literature in Context
  • Author: Kerry Powell (ed.); Peter Raby (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107016132
  • 9781107722729
  • 9781107720435

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'… this volume will serve as an indispensable primer for those who wish to fit text to context and context to Wilde.' Gregory Castle, Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107016132
  • 9781107722729
  • 9781107720435