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Tame Passions of Wilde : The Styles of Manageable Desire - Jeff Nunokawa

Tame Passions of Wilde

The Styles of Manageable Desire

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Published: 4th May 2003
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What if our strongest urges could be divested of their power to compel yet retain their power to fascinate us? What if our most basic appetites could be translated from the realm of bodily necessity to the sphere of artistic freedom? Jeff Nunokawa traces the variety of social pressures that inspired Oscar Wilde's lifelong effort to concoct forms of desire that thrill without menacing us, as well as the alchemies by which he sought to do so.

Assigning Wilde a place of honor in a heady company of thinkers drawn from the ranks of philosophy, sociology, economics, psychoanalysis, and contemporary queer theory--Kant, Marx, Simmel, Weber, Freud, Hannah Arendt, Albert O. Hirschman, Erving Goffman, Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, and, of course, Michel Foucault--this is the first book to recognize Wilde not only as a blatant symptom of a familiar understanding of modern sexuality, but also as a grand theorist of the subject in his own right. The result is a wholly original portrait of the artist as a social critic who, in the midst of his humor, labored to illuminate and amend the book of love.

"Tame Passions presents a re-visioning of Wilde's work as a sustained meditation on will and desire. In the process, it also offers an enticing proposal for a revised model of modernity that extends from the late-Victorian era to the present day."--Dennis Denisoff, Victorian Studies

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Oscar Wilde in Japan: Aestheticism, Orientalism, and the Derealization of the Homosexualp. 41
Oscar Wilde, Erving Goffman, and the Social Body Beautifulp. 54
The Importance of Being Bored: The Dividends of Ennui in The Picture of Dorian Grayp. 71
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Anorexia: The Case of Oscar Wildep. 90
Oscar Wilde and the Passion of the Eyep. 121
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780691113807
ISBN-10: 0691113807
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 4th May 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26