Oscar Wilde s Society Plays

Oscar Wilde s Society Plays Author Michael Y. Bennett
ISBN-10 9781137410931
Release 2015-08-05
Pages 212
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As the first collection of essays about Oscar Wilde's comedies, the contributors re-evaluate Oscar Wilde's society plays as 'comedies of manners" to see whether this is actually an apt way to read Wilde's most emblematic plays. Focusing on both the context and the texts, the collection locates Wilde both in his social and literary contexts.



Revising Wilde

Revising Wilde Author Sos Eltis
ISBN-10 UOM:39015037803825
Release 1996
Pages 226
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A radical re-examination of Oscar Wilde's plays, Revising Wilde challenges long-established views of the writer as a dilettante and dandy, revealing him instead as a serious philosopher and social critic who used his plays to subvert the traditional values of Victorian literature and society. By tracing Wilde's painstaking revisions and redraftings of his plays, Sos Eltis uncovers themes subsequently concealed in successive versions which demonstrate that Wilde was in fact an anarchist, a socialist, and a feminist. Wilde borrowed plots and incidents from numerous contemporary French and English plays, but he then subtly rewrote his plagiarized material in order to mock the very conventions he imitated. By analysing previously unconsidered manuscript drafts, and comparing the finished plays with their sources, Eltis displays a surprising depth and complexity to Wilde's work. The little-known early play, Vera; or, The Nihilists is revealed as a politically radical drama, the society plays are shown to challenge Victorian sexual and social mores, and The Importance of Being Earnest is interpreted as an anarchic farce, which reflects the Utopian vision of Wilde's political essay, 'The Soul of Man under Socialism'. Taking into account the most recent scholarship and criticism, this accessible study will be of interest to Wilde specialists and enthusiasts alike.



Authors in Context Oscar Wilde

Authors in Context  Oscar Wilde Author John Sloan
ISBN-10 0191587591
Release 2003-04-10
Pages 240
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Wit, dandy, literary anarchist, self-publicist, and homosexual martyr: Wilde achieved fame and notoriety at a time when mass culture and communication promoted the 'new' in every area of British life. This book examines the rich interplay between Wilde's society and his writings and shows the remarkable recontextualizing of Wilde and his work in film, stage, and the media in the century following his death. - ;Authors in Context examines the work of major writers in relation to their own time and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context. Wit, dandy, literary anarchist, self-publicist, and homosexual martyr: Wilde achieved fame and notoriety at a time when mass culture and communication promoted the 'new' in every area of British life - 'New Women', 'New Hedonism', 'New Journalism', 'New Imperialism'. His plays, tales, and critical writings questioned traditional attitudes to religion, sexuality, women and the home, crime and punishment, and the freedom of the individual. This book examines the rich interplay between Wilde's society and his writings and shows the remarkable recontextualizing of Wilde and his work on stage, in film and the media in the century that has followed his death. -



An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 9781408137215
Release 2013-12-12
Pages 208
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One of Wilde's most successful and most frequently revived plays, An Ideal Husband has divided critics more than any other. Treating political intrigue, financial fraud, blackmail, scandal and spin, and the role of women in public life, it is a play which engaged with issues of vital importance to its late-Victorian audience, which continue to resonate today.



Von der B hne auf die Leinwand

Von der B  hne auf die Leinwand Author Udo Bomnüter
ISBN-10 9783643120915
Release 2013
Pages 488
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Von der B hne auf die Leinwand has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Von der B hne auf die Leinwand also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Von der B hne auf die Leinwand book for free.



Social criticism in Oscar Wilde s Lady Windermere s Fan

Social criticism in Oscar Wilde   s Lady Windermere   s Fan Author Simone Conen
ISBN-10 9783638221832
Release 2003-10-09
Pages 21
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Seminar paper from the year 2000 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,5 (A), University of Trier (Literature Studies), course: Proseminar Oscar Wilde, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Victorian England was puritan and it stressed self-discipline, patriotism, family, sexual morality, work and capitalism. There was a predominant inequality in the treatment of the genders; women were discriminated against in many fields of social life. Especially women of the upper and middle classes were not expected to be in employment but to marry and to rear the children. They had an extremely restricted choice of occupation as many professions refused entry to them, for example becoming doctors or bankers represented an impossibility. According to Professor George Peter Landow1, the range of female occupation facilities generally did not go beyond domestic servant, dressmaker and milliner, factory worker, governess or teacher, member of religious order, nurse, writer or prostitute. Usually, female labour consisted only of running the household and offering a pleasant family home to their husbands. Since they did not earn any money with the work as domestic servants who fulfil their duties as housewives and mothers, women were eager to get married and depended on their authoritarian husbands. Girls were brought up to ignore their sexual feelings and to obey their spouse as the head of the family. The whole education of young ladies focused on future marriage and the efforts of the season were to achieve this particular aim. Normally, the parents found the suitable partner for their child and they intervened in case of an undesirable liaison. In other terms, they made the decisions for their daughters. They thought mainly in commercial terms; the social status or the institution ́marriage ́ itself seemed far more important than the husband-to-be as a person. Society marriage could be seen as a mere mercenary affair: “People did not marry for love so much as for the conveniences of the families concerned; all marriages were in this sense “arranged”.” 2 [...] 1 George Peter Landow, Occupation and employment, Brown University, online, available:http://Landow.stg.brown.edu/Victorian/gender/political.html, 20 August 2000. 2 Christopher Lasch, Divorce and the Family in America, November 1966, online, available:http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/family/divorce.htm, 15 August 2000.



A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 1535333227
Release 2016-07-16
Pages 44
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A Woman of No Importance is a play by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. The play premiered on 19 April 1893 at London's Haymarket Theatre. Like Wilde's other society plays, it satirizes English upper class society. It has been performed on stages in Europe and North America since his death in 1900."



The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde

The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde Author Peter Raby
ISBN-10 0521479878
Release 1997-10-16
Pages 307
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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde offers an essential introduction to one of the theater's most important and enigmatic writers. Although a general overview, the volume also offers some of the latest thinking on the dramatist and his impact on the twentieth century. Part One places Wilde's work within the cultural and historical context of his time and includes an opening essay by Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. Part Two looks at Wilde's essential work as playwright and general writer. The third group of essays examines the themes and factors that shaped Wilde's work and includes Wilde and his view of the Victorian woman, Wilde's sexual identities, and interpreting Wilde on stage. The volume provides a detailed chronology of Wilde's work, a bibliography for further reading, and illustrations from important productions.



Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity Author Alastair J. L. Blanshard
ISBN-10 9780198789260
Release 2018-01-30
Pages 384
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Celebrated now and during his lifetime as a wit and aesthete, Oscar Wilde was also a talented classical scholar whose writings evince an enduring fascination with Graeco-Roman antiquity. Covering all the major genres of his literary output, from philosophical and critical writings to society plays, this volume explores the profound impact that ancient literature and thought had on his life and work and offers new perspectives on his most celebrated and canonicaltexts as well as close analyses of unpublished material.



Oscar Wilde as a Character in Victorian Fiction

Oscar Wilde as a Character in Victorian Fiction Author A. Kingston
ISBN-10 9780230609358
Release 2007-12-25
Pages 304
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This book documents how Oscar Wilde was appropriated as a fictional character by no less than thirty-two of his contemporaries, including such celebrated writers as Joseph Conrad, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, George Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker.



The importance of being a reader A revision of Oscar Wilde s works

The importance of being a reader  A revision of Oscar Wilde s works Author Christina Pascual Aransáez
ISBN-10 9783954893133
Release 2014-11
Pages 380
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This book explores Wilde's works from the hypothesis that they call upon the active participation of the reader in the production of meaning. It has a twofold objective: first, it shows that Wilde's emphasis on the creative role of the audience in his critical writings makes him conceive the reader as a co-creator in the construction of meaning. Second, it analyses the strategies which Wilde employs to impel the reader to collaborate in the creation of meaning of his literary works and casts light upon the social criticism derived from these. The examination of Wilde’s writings reveals how he gradually combined more sophisticated techniques that encouraged the reader's dynamic role with the progressive exploitation of self-advertising strategies for professional purposes. These allowed the ‘commercial’ Oscar to make his works successful among the Victorian public without betraying the ‘literary’ Wilde’s aesthetic principles. The present study re-evaluates Wilde as a critic and as a writer. It demonstrates that, while Wilde the ‘myth’ was ahead of his time in many ways, Wilde the ‘ARTIST’ anticipated in his aesthetic theory various themes which occupy contemporary literary theoreticians. Thus, it may contribute to give him the status he rightly deserves in the history of literature.



Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Making fun of Victorian values and society and parodying dramatic conventions

Oscar Wilde   The Importance of Being Earnest    Making fun of Victorian values and society and parodying dramatic conventions Author Bernadette Wonner
ISBN-10 9783638243667
Release 2004-01-09
Pages 17
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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1 (A), LMU Munich (Anglistics), course: Advanced Seminar Literature Studies, 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Die Arbeit untersucht, inwieweit Oscar Wildes Stück die Werte des Viktorianischen Zeitalters satirisch beleuchtet und dabei auch mit den damals gängigen dramatischen Konventionen bricht.



Theatre and Fashion

Theatre and Fashion Author Joel H. Kaplan
ISBN-10 052149950X
Release 1995-07-28
Pages 236
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This is the first book to explore the fascinating relationship between theatre, fashion, and society in the period from the 1890s to the Great War.



The Plays of Oscar Wilde

The Plays of Oscar Wilde Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 1840224185
Release 2000
Pages 442
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Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan. His other plays include: A Woman of No Importance and The Importance of Being Earnest. This work features Wilde's plays ranging from his early tragedy era to the controversial Salome and little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy.



Oscar Wilde in Context

Oscar Wilde in Context Author Kerry Powell
ISBN-10 9781107729100
Release 2013-12-12
Pages 320
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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.



Refiguring Oscar Wilde s Salome

Refiguring Oscar Wilde s Salome Author Michael Y. Bennett
ISBN-10 9789401207201
Release 2011
Pages 293
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While Oscar WildeOCOs delightfully-witty comedies of manners receive the most fanfare from the general public and much of academia, WildeOCOs most OC seriousOCO playOCo Salome OCorightfully deserves an equal amount of attention. Written by emerging scholars, established scholars, and notable Wilde scholars at the top of the field, the far-ranging essays in this bookOCothe first collection solely on WildeOCOs Salome OCoprovide new readings of the play, allowing us to better assess how and why Salome either fits or does not fit into WildeOCOs oeuvre. Framed in a new light in this collection, this fuller understanding of Salome should potentially change the way we read both Salome and WildeOCOs entire oeuvre."



On Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest

On Oscar Wilde   s  The Importance of Being Earnest Author Mareike Paulun
ISBN-10 9783656016922
Release 2011-09-28
Pages 14
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 3,0, University of Mannheim, language: English, abstract: This paper will identify certain types of characters of the upper-class and relate them to the developments of the gender role in the Victorian era. Going along with it the men ́s different attitudes towards marriage as a constantly present issue in the play will be illustrated and compared to the points of view that dominated the high society in that time. Wilde refers to many more social habits and temporary fashions which however shall not be part of this paper.