Oscar Wilde And The Radical Politics Of The Fin De Siècle

November 30, 2020|
Oscar Wilde And The Radical Politics Of The Fin De Siècle by Deaglán Ó Donghaile
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Explores the influence of contemporary radicalism over Oscar Wilde

  • Offers a new, politicised interpretation of Wilde''s most famous literary works
  • Contextualises Wilde''s writing by reading it against the contemporary political crises that it addressed
  • Focuses on archival research, drawing on Wilde''s correspondence, reviews, interviews, unpublished lectures and speeches
  • Provides a theoretical approach to Wilde''s subversive opinions on the problems posed by capitalism, property and empire, and how he consistently opposed the authority of the state in bourgeois-imperial Britain
  • Clarifies the relationship between Wilde''s aestheticism, his anticolonial beliefs and his support for anarchism

This book reads Oscar Wilde''s literary texts in relation to his open support for revolutionaries, along with his expressions of solidarity with Irish republicans, anarchists, workers and migrants. Framing Wilde''s literary writing in relation to his very active participation in the radical political culture of the fin de siècle, Ó Donghaile argues that, contrary to contemporary representations of Wilde as an effete and socially disengaged figure, his aesthetical radicalism was informed by and contributed to a broader set of progressive political initiatives being pursued at the end of the nineteenth century.

Consisting of previously unpublished material, the book provides a politicised and historicised account of Wilde''s key works by situating them within the framework of his very pronounced ideological commitment to these radical political causes.

Title:Oscar Wilde And The Radical Politics Of The Fin De SiècleFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:264 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2020Publisher:Edinburgh University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1474459439

ISBN - 13:9781474459433

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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