Authors in Context: Oscar Wilde

Paperback | April 10, 2003

byJohn Sloan

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Authors in Context examines the work of major writers in relation to their own time and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context.Wit, dandy, literary anarchist, self-publicist, and homosexual martyr: Wilde achieved fame and notoriety at a time when mass culture and communication promoted the 'new' in every area of British life - 'New Women', 'New Hedonism', 'New Journalism', 'New Imperialism'. His plays, tales, and criticalwritings questioned traditional attitudes to religion, sexuality, women and the home, crime and punishment, and the freedom of the individual. This book examines the rich interplay between Wilde's society and his writings and shows the remarkable recontextualizing of Wilde and his work on stage, infilm and the media in the century that has followed his death.

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Authors in Context examines the work of major writers in relation to their own time and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context.Wit, dandy, literary anarchist, self-publicist, and homosexual martyr: Wilde achieved fame and notoriety a...

John Sloan is a specialist in the literature of the nineteenth century. His books include George Gissing: The Cultural Challenge and John Davidson: First of the Moderns, A Literary Biography

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 10, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192840649

ISBN - 13:9780192840646

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Table of Contents

1. The Life of Oscar Wilde2. The Fabric of Society3. The Literary Scene: The Growth of New Markets, The Reaction against Realism, Censorship4. Wilde and Social Issues: Politics and Political Writings, Sexual Politics, Prison, Consumerism5. Wilde and Intellectual Issues: Philosophy and Science, Ethics and Religion6. Recontextualizing Wilde: Reproducing Wilde, Wilde's Changing Image

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`'For those who are looking for an accessible, informative and clear account of Wilde's work and career in a finely detailed context, Sloan's book is the very thing.''The Wildean, July 2003