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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde (Cambridge Companions by Peter Raby

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By Peter Raby

The Cambridge significant other to Oscar Wilde deals an important advent to at least one of the theater's most vital and enigmatic writers. even if a basic evaluation, the amount additionally deals a number of the newest considering at the dramatist and his impression at the 20th century. half One areas Wilde's paintings in the cultural and ancient context of his time and comprises a gap essay by means of Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. half appears at Wilde's crucial paintings as playwright and normal author. The 3rd staff of essays examines the topics and components that formed Wilde's paintings and comprises Wilde and his view of the Victorian lady, Wilde's sexual identities, and analyzing Wilde on degree. the quantity presents an in depth chronology of Wilde's paintings, a bibliography for additional analyzing, and illustrations from vital productions.

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1 This politica l dimensio n o f th e econom y wa s obscure d as the science developed after the 1870s. As industrialism matured an d productive capacit y increased, a high level of consumptio n bot h i n Britai n an d th e Empir e becam e mor e important , and a corresponding shif t too k place towards the values of leisure, privacy, subjectivity an d choice. Although alway s present in the Malthusian branc h of politica l economy , scarcit y becam e th e dominan t featur e o f economi c man's environment only when the economy seemed ostensibly to shift fro m scarcity to abundance .

16 Th e pag e proof s o f Th e Wild e Myth ' ar e i n th e Harr y Ranso m Humanitie s Research Cente r a t th e University o f Texas, Austin; the typescript o f Sherard' s 'Ultima Verba' is in a private collection in the US. ' , i n TLS, 2 2 July 1994 ; se e als o Hors t Schroeder , Alice in Wildeland (Braunschweig: Privately published, 1994). 18 Arthu r Ransome, Oscar Wilde (London: Martin Seeker, 1912) p. 199. 19 Ransome , Oscar Wilde (2nd edn 1913) p. 217; Robert Sherard, The Real Oscar Wilde (London: T.

Dating him in such a way evokes the modernity of the Victorian age, with it s values o f progress , technology, globa l market s an d individu alism. It also evokes the postmodernism o f Nietzsche, the philosopher wit h whom Wild e i s most ofte n compared , i n their transvaluatio n o f values , in the secon d hal f o f th e twentiet h century . Th e Victorian s agonise d ove r values - famil y values , Britis h values , valu e a s us e o r exchang e - whil e Nietzsche reveale d valu e a s a fraud , a too l o f dominatio n o f som e ove r others, o n th e on e hand , an d promote d a radica l perspectivis m o r scepti cism, o n th e other .

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