Book: Authors in Context: Oscar Wilde in English
Title: Authors in Context: Oscar Wilde
Author: SloanPublisher: Oxford University Pres, 2003
Availability: 2-3 weeks
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 critical writings 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, in film and the media in the century that has followed his death.
Readership: Students, from AS/A2 level upwards, of nineteenth-century drama and prose, Irish studies, fin-de-siécle literature, decadence, gender studies, cultural studies, Oscar Wilde, and general readers