Cosmopolitan Criticism: Oscar Wilde's Philosophy of Art

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In the first book to explore the philosophical significance of Oscar Wilde's life and work, Julia Prewitt Brown establishes Wilde's importance to nineteenth-century literature and thought by placing him in the continuum of continental aesthetic philosophy from Kant and Schiller, through Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, to Benjamin and Adorno. Cosmopolitan Criticism is an interdisciplinary study that should appeal not only to Wilde enthusiasts but also to readers interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and aesthetics.
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Brown (English, Boston U.) places Wilde in the continuum of continental philosophy from Kant and Schiller through Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Benjamin and Adorno, discussing his conception of art, its meaning, and the contradictory relations between art and the sphere of the ethical everyday. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Harold Bloom

Julia Prewitt Brown's study of Wilde's philosophy of art is much the best analysis yet performed of Wilde's crucial place in the tradition that goes from Schiller and Nietzsche, Baudelaire and Ruskin, on to Pater, Wilde, and Walter Benjamin. Brown usefully distances Wilde from Pater's aesthetic empiricism and returns him to Kant's critical idealism.

Willard Spiegelman

At a time when apostles from all points along an ideological spectrum have denigrated art, criticism, and aesthetics, Julia Prewitt Brown has given us an elegant, persuasive, revisionary account of Oscar Wilde, a figure asnecessary to our own fin de siecle as to his own.... Placing him within the intellectual context of the German Romantics, the French Symbolistes, and his own Victorian contemporaries, Professor Brown proves herself a worthy practitioner of what Wilde labeled 'cosmopolitan criticism.'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813917283
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 137
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Prewitt Brown is Associate Professor of English at Boston University

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

A Note on Texts and Abbreviations
1 Wilde's Play-Drive and "the Still More Difficult Art of Living" 1
2 Wilde and His Predecessors 23
3 Wilde's Reassociation of Sensibility 51
4 Wilde's Philosophy of Art 69
Epilogue: Cosmopolitan Melancholy 107
Notes 113
Select Bibliography 125
Index 131
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