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Intentions

Lawrence Danson

in Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198186281
eISBN:
9780191674488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses the contents and message of Oscar Wilde's Intentions, which it considers an indicator of cultural positions and attitudes. It compares what Wilde and the reviewers said about ... More


The Writer at Work

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

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

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187288
eISBN:
9780191674686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that studies of Wilde's writing practices have been restricted either to individual works or to individual genres. This piecemeal approach has tended to prevent critics from ... More


‘The Portrait of Mr W. H.’

Lawrence Danson

in Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198186281
eISBN:
9780191674488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Mr. W.H., a fiction about the putatively real biographical basis of William Shakespeare's sonnets. It suggests that this essay is elusive in its ... More


The Journalist

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

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

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187288
eISBN:
9780191674686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of how previous narratives have failed to account adequately for Wilde's journalism — to give a convincing explanation of its relationship with the later and ... More


Memory and Self-Justification: Images of Grace and Disgrace Abounding

Rivkah Zim

in The Consolations of Writing: Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161808
eISBN:
9781400852093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161808.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of John Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666) and Oscar Wilde's De Profundis (1897). In both texts, the recording consciousness of a prisoner ... More


Fin de Siècle: New Women, Art, and Decadence

John Wilson Foster

in Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232833
eISBN:
9780191716454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232833.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter analyzes depictions of the New Woman in various Irish novels. Topics covered include ‘The Undefinable: A Fantasia’ by Sarah Grand, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and novelist ... More


The Dramatist

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

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

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187288
eISBN:
9780191674686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter compares Wilde's successful and unsuccessful attempts to establish himself in the popular theatre, in order to document the impact on his career of the financial disappointments of his ... More


Post-Prison and Posthumous Works

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

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

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187288
eISBN:
9780191674686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on Oscar Wilde's post-prison and posthumous works. Wilde's arrest compromised his reputation and he was never again in his lifetime to be the dramatist whose satire was performed ... More


Conditions for Criticism: Authority, Knowledge, and Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century

Ian Small

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122418
eISBN:
9780191671418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122418.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book studies changes in the practice of literary criticism in the nineteenth century and locates those changes within wider movements in British intellectual culture. The growth of knowledge and ... More


The Bodley Head

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

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

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187288
eISBN:
9780191674686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Modern literary historians have tended to be suspicious of Wilde's rhetoric in the 1880s about the autonomy of art and the artist. None the less they have been willing to see his post-1891 ... More


‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’

Lawrence Danson

in Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198186281
eISBN:
9780191674488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's essay The Soul of Man Under Socialism, which highlights how apparent polarities become the permanently unsettled stuff of Wildean paradox. It considers the essay's ... More


Oscar Wilde and the Greatest Mystery of Modern Literature: Aesthetics, Affect, and Value

Patrick R. Mullen

in The Poor Bugger’s Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199746699
eISBN:
9780199950270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746699.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The chapter shows how Oscar Wilde sets in motion the discourses of sexuality, debates about aesthetic and economic value, and theorization of history that the study engages. In particular it reads ... More


‘Of Making Many Books’

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

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

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187288
eISBN:
9780191674686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the assertion that Wilde's celebrity came about because he acknowledged what Boucicault had observed, that he ‘wanted management’. One of the most dramatic illustrations of the ... More


‘The Critic as Artist’

Lawrence Danson

in Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198186281
eISBN:
9780191674488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's essay The Critic as Artist, which suggests that the true critic of a work of art is the starting point for a new work of art. This interpretation of Wilde's essay ... More


‘I Have Asked Henry James Not to Bring his Friend Oscar Wilde’: Daisy Miller, Washington Square and The Politics of Transatlantic Aestheticism

Michèle Mendelssohn

in Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623853
eISBN:
9780748651634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623853.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on Henry James's and Oscar Wilde's first documented meeting, in 1882. The tension between British and American culture is the most important aspect of transatlantic Aestheticism, ... More


The Gentle Art of Making Enemies and of Remaking Aestheticism

Michèle Mendelssohn

in Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623853
eISBN:
9780748651634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623853.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Widely perceived to be an aesthete-for-hire, Oscar Wilde's purpose in the late 1880s and early 1890s was to shed this image and develop his own aesthetic ideals. One of the ways he did this was quite ... More


Vera; or, The Nihilists

Sos Eltis

in Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121831
eISBN:
9780191671340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121831.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

In 1880, Oscar Wilde sent a copy of his first play, Vera; or, The Nihilists, to the American actor, Hermann Vezin, and wrote ingenuously that ‘I have just found out what a difficult craft playwriting ... More


Lady Windermere's Fan

Sos Eltis

in Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121831
eISBN:
9780191671340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121831.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

According to Oscar Wilde's theories of art, the genius of the artist lies not in invention but in adaptation. The critic is therefore the supreme artist, superior to the original creator; the critic ... More


‘The Decay of Lying’

Lawrence Danson

in Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198186281
eISBN:
9780191674488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's essay The Decay of Living. It discusses Wilde's polemic against realism and his position on other elements of a binarized discourse that opposes imitation to ... More


Spring: 1 March 1895 – 30 May 1895

Nicholas Freeman

in 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640560
eISBN:
9780748651399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640560.003.0018
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter describes the events that occurred from 1 March 1895–30 May 1895. It covers degenerate days, lugubrious psychologists; the Tooting tragedy; freezing footballs; blazing bibles; Irish ... More


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