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

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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.

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"[A]dopts a...contextually compelling perspective..."Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

"The argument of this a compelling one, and likely to be influential—partly because of the fluent articulation Eltis gives it, partly because of the sheer weight of archival evidence that she has assembled from little-known source plays and manuscripts."—Victorian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198121831
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford English Monographs Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

St Hilda's College, Oxford
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Oscar Wilde: Anarchist, Socialist, and Feminist 6
2 Vera; or, the Nihilists 27
3 Lady Windermere's Fan 55
4 A Woman of No Importance 95
5 An Ideal Husband 130
6 The Importance of Being Earnest 170
Conclusion 201
Bibliography 211
Index 221
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