The Modern Art of Influence and the Spectacle of Oscar Wilde

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byS. I. Salamensky

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Oscar Wilde was the wittiest, most famous - and most infamous - writer and figure of his time. His fiction, essays, plays, and sparkling bon mots still enthral us, while his obsessive, forbidden love and tragic trials continue to haunt us. The Modern Art of Influence and the Spectacle of Oscar Wilde investigates the rich, complex work and tumultuous life of this unique artist and individual, his colorful era, his vibrant milieu of artists, scandalous women and men, Jews, and other "others," the mass frenzy that surrounded him, and the implications of all that is "Wilde" for us today.

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Oscar Wilde was the wittiest, most famous - and most infamous - writer and figure of his time. His fiction, essays, plays, and sparkling bon mots still enthral us, while his obsessive, forbidden love and tragic trials continue to haunt us. The Modern Art of Influence and the Spectacle of Oscar Wilde investigates the rich, complex work ...

S. I. SALAMENSKY is an associate professor at UCLA working in the areas of literature, performance, film, and cultural memory. Her previous works include Talk Talk Talk: The Cultural Life of Everyday Conversation and numerous scholarly and popular writings. She has been a fellow of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and of the American C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 9.47 × 5.75 × 0.7 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230117899

ISBN - 13:9780230117891

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Why Wilde? *Wilde Ways: The Modern Art of Influence and the "Professor of Aesthetics" * "A Queer High-Flavored Fruit" Comes to America * Julia Constance Fletcher, Rhoda Broughton, and Wilde Characters * James and Wilde Performance * James, Wilde, and the Queerness of Performance * James, Wilde, Proto-Modernity, and Performativity * James, Wilde, Theatricality, and the Scene of Representation *Wilde Women: Salomé and the Spectacle of the Transgendered Jewess Hysteric * Text, Performance, Cultural Context, and Social Display * The Ancient Hebrew, the East End Jew, and the Modern Jewess * Spectacles of Affect from Mesmer to Wilde *Wilde Words: Money, Morality, Metaphysics, and the "Modern" Man *Wilde and the Making of the Modern *Chatter, Commerce, Sex, and Ethics in An Ideal Husband *The Impotence of Being Earnest and Mod Ontologics *Earnest in High Definition *Wilde Worlds: The "Trick of Talk" and the Magicking of the Material Body * Biographing the Wilde Word/World Divide * Soul, Senses, and Desire in Dorian Gray * Wilde's Trials and the Body of Evidence * Wilde's Trials as Historiographic Spectacle * Afterword: What Do We Want from Wilde?

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"Truly groundbreaking… This is not only an extremely incisive example of historical/cultural scholarship - impacting performance studies, literary criticism, popular culture studies, and literary/cultural history - it also gives us the first extended work on Oscar Wilde through the lens of Jewish Studies. Salamensky opens many doors here - and proceeds to go through them with depth, insight, and synthesis." - Frederick S. Roden, associate professor of English, University of Connecticut