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Oscar Wilde Eros and Aesthetics - Patricia Flanagan Behrendt

Oscar Wilde Eros and Aesthetics

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This text explores the relationship between Wilde's treatment of sexual subject matter and the development of his literary aesthetics, from the earliest volume of poetry through the social comedies which highlighted his career. In addition, the study considers the earliest critical responses to Wilde's works, since they reveal how references to sexual subject matter, particularly to homoerotic themes, were received in Wilde's own period. The critical responses to sexual themes and motifs in Wilde's works played a significant role in the development of his literary style, from the lyrical poetry of his early career as a writer, to the brilliantly conceived comedies with their multiple layers of sexual ambiguity and innuendo.

Note on the Title - Note on Texts - Preface - Eros and Aesthetics - Sexual Drama in the Early Poetry - Sexuality and Death: The Fate of Wilde's Heterosexual Lovers - Eroticism and the Dialogic Form - The Dandy Coup de Theatre: Homosexual Eros and the London Stage - Epilogue: Speaking the Unspeakable - Notes - Index

ISBN: 9780333542231
ISBN-10: 0333542231
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 23rd October 1991
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.81  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2