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- DescriptionThis book revisits Oscar Wilde's major writings through the field of performance studies. Wilde wrote about performance as a cultural dialectic, as a form of serious and critical play, and as the basis of a subversive poetics. In his studies at Oxford University, his famous lecture tour of the United States and Canada, his friendships with famous actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Lillie Langtry, the writing of his critical essays, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome , and his society comedies, and culminating in his post-prison writings De Profundis and The Ballad of Reading Gaol , Wilde develops a rich theory of performance that addresses aesthetics, ethics, identity and individualism. This book also traces Wilde's often-troubled relationship with late-Victorian society in terms of its attempts to define his public performances by stereotyping him as both irrelevant and dangerous, from the early newspaper caricatures to its later description of him as a sexual monster.
- Author BiographyHeather Marcovitch is a professor of English at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada. She has published on late-Victorian literature, modernist literature and television studies.
- Author(s)Heather Marcovitch
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication06/10/2010
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Content Noteill.
- Weight330 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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