Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

by Harold Bloom


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604138818
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Series: Bloom's Modern Critical Views Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Editor's Note vii

Introduction Harold Bloom 1

The Uses of Decadence: Wilde, Yeats and Joyce Richard Ellmann 11

A Poetics for Living: Christ and the Meaning of Sorrow in De Profundis Guy Willoughby 27

Bunburying with Bakhtin: A Carnivalesque Reading of The Importance of Being Earnest Ronald Knowles 45

The Victorian Impulse in Contemporary Audiences: The Regularization of The Importance of Being Earnest Michael Patrick Gillespie 55

Oscar Wilde's Aesthetic Gothic: Walter Pater, Dark Enlightenment, and The Picture of Dorian Gray John Paul Riquelme 71

Wilde's Salomé and the Victorian Religious Landscape Christopher S. Nassaar 91

Parody, Paradox and Play in The Importance of Being Earnest Burkhard Niederhoff 101

"The Honey of Romance": Oscar Wilde as Poet and Novelist James G. Nelson 123

Chronology 141

Contributors 143

Bibliography 145

Acknowledgments 149

Index 151

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