Oscar Wilde's Profession: Writing and the Culture Industry in the Late Nineteenth Century

Oscar Wilde's Profession: Writing and the Culture Industry in the Late Nineteenth Century

by Ian Small, Josephine M. Guy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198187289

ISBN-13: 9780198187288

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


A materialist account of Wilde's writing career, based on publishing contracts and other documentation as well as detailed evidence of how he composed, this book argues that Wilde was not driven by an oppositional politics, nor was he an aesthetic "purist." Rather, he was thoroughly immersed in the contemporary "commodification of culture" in which books became…  See more details below

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A materialist account of Wilde's writing career, based on publishing contracts and other documentation as well as detailed evidence of how he composed, this book argues that Wilde was not driven by an oppositional politics, nor was he an aesthetic "purist." Rather, he was thoroughly immersed in the contemporary "commodification of culture" in which books became product. This study surveys his writing practices across the whole of the oeuvre, and radically reinterprets the significance of his revision and "plagiarism."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198187288
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Wilde the writer
The journalist
'Of making many books'
The dramatist
The Bodley Head
Post-prison and posthumous works
The writer at work
Appendix: Wilde's books
Select Bibliography
Index

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