Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde / Edition 1

Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde / Edition 1

by Sos Eltis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198121830

ISBN-13: 9780198121831

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A radical re-examination of Oscar Wilde's plays, Revising Wilde challenges long-established views of the writer as a dilettante and dandy. Instead Wilde emerges as a serious philosopher and social critic who used his plays to subvert the traditional values of Victorian literature and society. Sos Eltis traces Wilde's painstaking revisions and redrafting of his

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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. Instead Wilde emerges as a serious philosopher and social critic who used his plays to subvert the traditional values of Victorian literature and society. Sos Eltis traces Wilde's painstaking revisions and redrafting of his plays, and uncovers Wilde's subtle methods of lampooning his conventional sources. In the process Eltis discovers, concealed in successive versions, Wilde the anarchist, the socialist, and the feminist. Taking into account the most recent scholarship and criticism, this accessible study will be of interest to Wilde specialists and enthusiasts alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198121831
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.71(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Oscar Wilde: Anarchist, Socialist, and Feminist6
2Vera; or, the Nihilists27
3Lady Windermere's Fan55
4A Woman of No Importance95
5An Ideal Husband130
6The Importance of Being Earnest170
Conclusion201
Bibliography211
Index221

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