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Oscar Wilde
Myths, Miracles and Imitations

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035309

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  • Oscar Wilde was a major influence on the culture of his time, and remains relevant today, as a model of wit and style, a sexual icon, and a moral example. In a sequence of detailed and imaginative chapters on Wilde and his times, John Stokes shows how in the 1880s and 1890s Wilde played a vital part in the development of modern culture, inspiring others to carry his ideas on into the twentieth century. Stokes offers studies of Wilde's place in the Romantic tradition, and of his relationships with such legendary figures of the fin de siècle as Aubrey Beardsley, Alfred Jarry and Arthur Symons. And always, as part of the process of historical enquiry, Stokes considers those who came after: humanitarian disciples who kept Wilde's memory sacred, performers in his plays, actors who impersonated the man himself. Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations explains why Wilde, a 'material ghost', haunts us still.

    • Important work by leading scholar on the theatre and culture of the fin de siècle
    • Provides insight into the influence of Wilde on the culture of his time, and on the twentieth century
    • Revealing account of the fin de siècle and its influence on the twentieth century
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    'Stokes's analysis is fascinating, in part because of its attention to what reviewers have said about … Wildean revivals … While adding to our knowledge of the context of Oscar Wilde, John Stokes provides further evidence of the variousness and complexity of Wilde himself. Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations will complicate matters for those who would like to confine Wilde within the scope of a single-minded personality or politics'. New Theatre Quarterly

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035309
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.307kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The magic ball
    2. Some gentle criticisms of British justice
    3. Wilde at bay: the diary of George Ives
    4. Romantic reincarnations
    5. Beardsley/Jarry: the art of deformation
    6. Dieppe:
    1895 and after
    7. Wilde interpretations
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    John Stokes, King's College London

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