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Authors in Context: Oscar Wilde

John Sloan

26 February 2009

ISBN: 9780199555215

240 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



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. This book examines the rich interplay between Wilde's society and his writings and shows the remarkable recontextualizing of Wilde and his work in film, stage, and the media in the century following his death.

About the Author(s)

John Sloan, Tutor and Fellow in English, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    1:The Life of Oscar Wilde
    2:The Fabric of Society
    3:The Literary Scene: The Growth of New Markets, The Reaction against Realism, Censorship
    4:Wilde and Social Issues: Politics and Political Writings, Sexual Politics, Prison, Consumerism
    5:Wilde and Intellectual Issues: Philosophy and Science, Ethics and Religion
    6:Recontextualizing Wilde: Reproducing Wilde, Wilde's Changing Image


'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

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