Authors in Context: Oscar Wilde

ISBN : 9780199555215

John Sloan
240 Pages
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
Feb 2009
Oxford World's Classics
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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.

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1. The Life of Oscar Wilde
2. The Fabric of Society
3. The Literary Scene: The Growth of New Markets, The Reaction against Realism, Censorship
4. Wilde and Social Issues: Politics and Political Writings, Sexual Politics, Prison, Consumerism
5. Wilde and Intellectual Issues: Philosophy and Science, Ethics and Religion
6. Recontextualizing Wilde: Reproducing Wilde, Wilde's Changing Image

About the author: 

John Sloan is a specialist in the literature of the nineteenth century. His books include George Gissing: The Cultural Challenge and John Davidson: First of the Moderns, A Literary Biography

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