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The psychopathology of everyday narcissism: Oscar Wilde's picture

in Labyrinths of Deceit: Culture, Modernity and Identity in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238492
eISBN:
9781846315404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315404.005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is a seminal representation of duality and its effect upon autonomous and individual identity. Offering a Gothic vision of London from the ... More


Strange Legacies of Thought and Passion: Technologies of the Flesh and the Queering Effect of Dorian Gray

Laura Helen Marks

in Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042140
eISBN:
9780252050886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042140.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Meanwhile, adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s queer classic The Picture of Dorian Gray extend and elaborate on explorations of the double by explicitly invoking histories of sexual representation in ... More


The Picture: Dorian Gray

Colin McGinn

in Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238775
eISBN:
9780191598005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238770.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, McGinn argues, presents in an extreme and exemplary form, the power of the aesthetic to conceal and to express evil; it shows us what happens if the ... More


“A Form of Reverie, a Malady of Dreaming”: Dorian Gray, Personality, and Mass Culture

Susan Zieger

in The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823279821
eISBN:
9780823281589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279821.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

How does one fashion an authentic self out of mass-produced ideas, styles, and materials? Chapter five assesses a tremendously influential, extended answer to this question, Oscar Wilde’s novel The ... More


The Picture of Charles Bon: Oscar Wilde's Trip Through Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha

Ellen Crowell

in The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625482
eISBN:
9780748652051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter demonstrates that Oscar Wilde's trip through the ruined South reinforced the artist's nascent preoccupation with the relationship between beauty and decay. It offers a reading of Wilde's ... More


Open Secrets and Hidden Truths: Wilde and Freud

Sean Latham

in The Art of Scandal: Modernism, Libel Law, and the Roman à Clef

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195379990
eISBN:
9780199869053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379990.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

By the end of the 19th century, the realist novel’s distinctive mode of organizing social, historical, and aesthetic knowledge came under increasing pressure from the roman à clef. Amidst a rapidly ... More


‘Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face’ Conflicting signifiers of vice in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Diane Mason

in The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077142
eISBN:
9781781701089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The first part of this chapter examines Oscar Wilde's construction of Dorian Gray, eponymous protagonist of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The analysis illustrates the way in which opium ... More


The School of the Future as well as the Present: Wilde’s Impressions of James in Intentions and The Picture of Dorian Gray

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/9780748623853.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

From the mid-1880s to the early 1890s, Oscar Wilde transformed himself into a ‘real artist’ and reinvented Aestheticism in the process by developing an artistic method that was strongly informed by ... More


The rage of Caliban: Dorian Gray and the Gothic body

Andreas Höfele

in Gothic Renaissance: A reassessment

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719088636
eISBN:
9781781706893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088636.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Andreas Höfele examines the ‘monstrous legacy of a Renaissance construe[d] as irrepressibly Gothic and ominously modern’ in a reading of Shakespeare’s The Tempest through Oscar Wilde’s late ... More


From Eros to Romosexuality: Love and Sex in

Nikolai Endres

in Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198789260
eISBN:
9780191831119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789260.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In his famous courtroom definition of ‘the love that dare not speak its name’, Wilde pays tribute to Plato and ‘that deep, spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect’. But how does Wilde ... More


Oscar as (Ovid as) Orpheus: Misogyny and Pederasty in and the

Iarla Manny

in Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198789260
eISBN:
9780191831119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789260.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Whereas Plato is more commonly considered as an ancient source for The Picture of Dorian Gray, this chapter looks at Ovid and his Metamorphoses as a classical model for Wilde’s sole novel. Unlike ... More


Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Colin McGinn

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238775
eISBN:
9780191598005
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238770.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The main thesis of this book is that literature can enrich the study of ethics, because it provides the resources for the study of ethical problems that contemporary analytical moral philosophy fails ... More


Wilde’s New Republic: Platonic Questions in

Marylu Hill

in Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198789260
eISBN:
9780191831119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789260.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

As a result of his classical training in the Honours School of Literæ Humaniores at Oxford, Oscar Wilde drew frequently on the works of Plato for inspiration, especially the Republic. The idea of a ... More


Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic

Laura Helen Marks

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042140
eISBN:
9780252050886
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042140.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book argues that pornographic film relies on a particular "Victorianness" in generating eroticism—a Gothic Victorianness that is monstrous and restrained, repressed but also perverse, static but ... 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


Sacrificial Exchange and the Gothic Double in Melmoth the Wanderer and The Picture of Dorian Gray

Alison Milbank (ed.)

in Shaping Belief: Culture, Politics, and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311369
eISBN:
9781846315688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846315688.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the ways in which the aesthetic of the gothic double can function as an ultimately redemptive trope for the formation of a managed subjectivity in relation to anxieties about ... More


‘Sadness, Disappointment, Upset, & Weariness’

J. Robert Maguire

in Ceremonies of Bravery: Oscar Wilde, Carlos Blacker, and the Dreyfus Affair

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199660827
eISBN:
9780191748929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660827.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Shortly after Lord Francis Hope’s coming of age in 1887, Blacker left his parental home in Sussex Square and joined him at 161a Piccadilly where Blacker took rooms designated his ‘Albemarle ... More


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