This collection of original articles on Oscar Wilde and his writings covers all aspects of his work, from his neglected poetry to his renowned The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Taken as a whole, the book represents a balanced view of contemporary Wilde Studies.
Contributors range from internationally renowned expert Wildeans to new voices in the field, pointing the way forward for future research. The main focus is on the genres in which Wilde wrote, but there are also special chapters on Wilde’s biography, Wilde as a Victorian, and Wilde on the Web.
The book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive profile of Wilde that will appeal to all those with an interest in him, from general readers to sixth form students, from undergraduates to academics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. Jarlath Killeen (TCD)
2. Putting Work into the Life: Being Wilde. Noreen Doody (St. Patrick’s, Drumcondra).
3. ‘Mixing Memory and Desire’: The Scandal of Oscar Wilde’s Neo-Classical Poetry.
Florina Tufescu (Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies in Sweden).
4. Oscar Wilde’s Short Fiction: the Hermeneutics of Storytelling. Anne Markey (TCD).
5. From Romanticism to Fascism: The Politics of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Michael Patrick Gillespie (Marquette University).
6. Oscar Wilde: The Critic as Dialectician. Bruce Bashford (Stony Brook University).
7. Performance and Identity in the Plays of Oscar Wilde. Sos Eltis (Brasenose College, Oxford).
8. Victorian or Contemporary? Wilde and Questions of Heredity and Inheritance.
Anne Varty (Royal Holloway).
9. Oscar Wilde: Caught in the Web. David Rose (Independent).
About the Author
Dr Jarlath Killeen is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and is the author of The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (2007) and The Faiths of Oscar Wilde: Catholicism, Folklore and Ireland (2005) amongst other works.