Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Author: Alastair J. L. Blanshard

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198789262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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Celebrated now and during his lifetime as a wit and aesthete, Oscar Wilde was also a talented classical scholar whose writings evince an enduring fascination with Graeco-Roman antiquity. Covering all the major genres of his literary output, from philosophical and critical writings to society plays, this volume explores the profound impact that ancient literature and thought had on his life and work and offers new perspectives on his most celebrated and canonicaltexts as well as close analyses of unpublished material.

Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece

Author: Iain Ross

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107020328

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

View: 8504

Oscar Wilde's imagination was haunted by ancient Greece; this book traces its presence in his life and works.

Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood

Author: Joseph Bristow

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319604112

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

View: 2146

This is the first collection of critical essays that explores Oscar Wilde’s interest in children’s culture, whether in relation to his famous fairy stories, his life as a caring father to two small boys, his place as a defender of children’s rights within the prison system, his fascination with youthful beauty, and his theological contemplation of what it means to be a child in the eyes of God. The collection also examines the ways in which Wilde’s works—not just his fairy stories—have been adapted for young audiences.

British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece

Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile

Author: S. Evangelista

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230242200

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

View: 4934

This book is the first comprehensive study of the reception of classical Greece among English aesthetic writers of the nineteenth century. By exploring this history of reception, it aims to give readers a new and fuller understanding of literary aestheticism, its intellectual contexts, and its challenges to mainstream Victorian culture.

Haunted Greece and Rome

Ghost Stories from Classical Antiquity

Author: D. Felton

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292789246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

View: 6926

Stories of ghostly spirits who return to this world to warn of danger, to prophesy, to take revenge, to request proper burial, or to comfort the living fascinated people in ancient times just as they do today. In this innovative, interdisciplinary study, the author combines a modern folkloric perspective with literary analysis of ghost stories from classical antiquity to shed new light on the stories' folk roots. The author begins by examining ancient Greek and Roman beliefs about death and the departed and the various kinds of ghost stories which arose from these beliefs. She then focuses on the longer stories of Plautus, Pliny, and Lucian, which concern haunted houses. Her analysis illuminates the oral and literary transmission and adaptation of folkloric motifs and the development of the ghost story as a literary form. In her concluding chapter, the author also traces the influence of ancient ghost stories on modern ghost story writers, a topic that will interest all readers and scholars of tales of hauntings.

Greek Epigram in Reception

J. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929

Author: Gideon Nisbet

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199662495

Category: History

Page: 389

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Greek Epigram in Reception is a chronological survey of the reception history of the Greek Anthology, a Byzantine collection of ancient Greek short poems known as epigrams. Tracing the strange evolution of the Greek Anthology from the early nineteenth century to the years after the first World War, the volume analyses the complex webs of rhetoric that are spun as writers and translators brought their different agendas to bear on the Anthology's text,pruning it to meet their needs. An emergent mass readership became caught between opposing and rhetorically loaded accounts, casting the Anthology, and thus the ancient race on whom the British were supposed to bemodelling themselves, as patriots and doting spouses or lovers of male Beauty, like the Decadent sensation Oscar Wilde. The after effects of this cultural war were to stretch into the 1920s, and still echo today.

Money in Classical Antiquity

Author: Sitta von Reden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521453372

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 237

View: 8660

This book was the first to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the impact of money on the economy, society and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds. It uses new approaches in economic history to explore how money affected the economy in antiquity and demonstrates that the crucial factors in its increasing influence were state-formation, expanding political networks, metal supply and above all an increasing sophistication of credit and contractual law. Covering a wide range of monetary contexts within the Mediterranean over almost a thousand years (c.600 BC–AD 300), it demonstrates that money played different roles in different social and political circumstances. The book will prove an invaluable introduction to upper-level students of ancient money, while also offering perspectives for future research to the specialist.

Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity

Author: Daniel Orrells

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199236445

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 1240

For nineteenth-century thinkers in Germany and Britain, who looked to Greece as the acme of past civilization, the Greeks' enjoyment of pederasty presented a problem. Daniel Orrells's study explores the way in which this awkward issue was negotiated.

Greek Homosexuality

Author: Kenneth James Dover

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674362703

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 4827

To what extent and in what ways was homosexuality approved by the ancient Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase paintings, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches in the law courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A discussion of female homosexuality is included.

Oscar Wilde's Plagiarism

The Triumph of Art Over Ego

Author: Florina Tufescu

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

View: 1457

Oscar Wilde's plagiarism practices across genres are seen as part of a neo-classical tradition. His allegory of plagiarism in An Ideal Husband is compared to those created by fellow playwrights, including Ibsen and G. B. Shaw. Wilde's polemical imitation of Shakespeare's cut-and-paste method in The Portrait of Mr. W.H. inspires Joyce to experiment with the erasure of quotation marks in Ulysses. The blatant collage of Wilde's poetry anticipates T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, just as it recalls Manet's paintings, which provocatively assert artistic status by drawing attention to their flatness. The mosaic-like structure of The Picture of Dorian Gray is akin to that of other anti-individualist masterpieces, notably Goethe's Faust and D. M. Thomas's The White Hotel. The extent of sophisticated plagiarism in the canonical works and the impressive list of its apologists from Ackroyd to Zola indicate the need for new models of authorship and intellectual property, models that would benefit scholarly and artistic creativity and solve the paradox of plagiarism as simultaneously one of the most serious and most common of literary crimes.

Masculine Plural

Queer Classics, Sex, and Education

Author: Jennifer Ingleheart

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192551612

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 392

View: 3811

The Classics were core to the curriculum and ethos of the intensely homosocial Victorian and Edwardian public schools, yet ancient homosexuality and erotic pedagogy were problematic to the educational establishment, which expurgated classical texts with sexual content. This volume analyses the intimate and uncomfortable nexus between the Classics, sex, and education primarily through the figure of the schoolmaster Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge (1890-1918), whose clandestine writings not only explore homoerotic desires but also offer insightful comments on Classical education. Now a marginalized figure, Bainbrigge's surviving works - a verse drama entitled Achilles in Scyros featuring a cross-dressing Achilles and a Chorus of lesbian schoolgirls, and a Latin dialogue between schoolboys - vividly demonstrate the queer potential of Classics and are marked by a celebration of the pleasures of sex and a refusal to apologize for homoerotic desire. Reprinted here in their entirety, they are accompanied by chapters setting them in their social and literary context, including their parallels with the writings of Bainbrigge's contemporaries and near contemporaries, such as John Addington Symonds, E. M. Forster, and A. E. Housman. What emerges is a provocative new perspective on the history of sexuality and the place of the Classics within that history, which demonstrates that a highly queer version of Classics was possible in private contexts.

Aesthetic Experiences and Classical Antiquity

The Significance of Form in Narratives and Pictures

Author: Jonas Grethlein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110719265X

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 9647

This book investigates the nature of aesthetic experience with the help of ancient material, exploring our responses to both narratives and images.

The Astaires

Fred & Adele

Author: Kathleen Riley

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199738416

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 241

View: 9962

Traces siblings Fred and Adele Astaire's rise to fame, from humble Midwestern origins and early days as child performers on small-time vaudeville stages, to their 1917 debut on Broadway,to star billings on both sides of the Atlantic.

Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity

Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400840076

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 1027

How did the Victorians engage with the ancient world? Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity is a brilliant exploration of how the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome influenced Victorian culture. Through Victorian art, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and desire, the politics of culture, and the role of religion in society were considered and debated through the Victorian obsession with antiquity. Looking at Victorian art, Goldhill demonstrates how desire and sexuality, particularly anxieties about male desire, were represented and communicated through classical imagery. Probing into operas of the period, Goldhill addresses ideas of citizenship, nationalism, and cultural politics. And through fiction--specifically nineteenth-century novels about the Roman Empire--he discusses religion and the fierce battles over the church as Christianity began to lose dominance over the progressive stance of Victorian science and investigation. Rediscovering some great forgotten works and reframing some more familiar ones, the book offers extraordinary insights into how the Victorian sense of antiquity and our sense of the Victorians came into being. With a wide range of examples and stories, Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity demonstrates how interest in the classical past shaped nineteenth-century self-expression, giving antiquity a unique place in Victorian culture.

Nigel Hawthorne on Stage

Author: Kathleen Riley

Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press

ISBN: 9781902806310

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

View: 5235

Presenting a fresh look at postwar theater, this study of the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne’s 50-year career in the theater focuses on the personal journey of one of Britain’s finest actors. Providing detailed analysis of Hawthorne's stage work, this authorized biography is illuminated and enriched by personal insights derived from Hawthorne's own memories and those of his colleagues. Broad discussions about Hawthorne's personal development as well as the direction stage acting took in the 20th century are integrated with details about the actor's extensive career.

The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World

Responses to Greek and Roman Dance

Author: Fiona Macintosh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199548102

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 511

View: 6784

When the eighteenth-century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre sought to develop what is now known as modern ballet, he turned to ancient pantomime as his source of inspiration; and when Isadora Duncan and her contemporaries looked for alternatives to the strictures of classical ballet, they looked to ancient Greek vases for models for what they termed 'natural' movement. This is the first book to examine systematically the long history of the impact of ideas about ancient Greek and Roman dance on modern theatrical and choreographic practices. With contributions from eminent classical scholars, dance historians, theatre specialists, modern literary critics, and art historians, as well as from contemporary practitioners, it offers a very wide conspectus on an under-explored but central aspect of classical reception, dance and theatre history, and the history of ideas.

The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde

Author: Merlin Holland,Rupert Hart-Davis

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9780805059151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1408

View: 3113

Here is Oscar Wilde revealed in his own words--including more than 200 previously unpublished letters--available to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of his death Deliciously wicked, astoundingly clever, and often outright shocking, Oscar Wilde put his art into his work and his genius into his life. In this collection, replete with newly discovered letters, the full extent of that genius is unveiled. Charting his life from his Irish upbringing to fame in his fin de siècle London to infamy and exile in Paris, the letters--written between 1875 and 1900 to publishers and fans, friends and lovers, enemies and adversaries--resound with Wilde's wit, brilliance, and humanity. Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland, and Rupert Hart-Davis have produced a provocative and revealing self-portrait. Wilde's reputation as a serious thinker, humorous writer, and gay icon continues to flourish. The Complete Letters is an intimate exploration of his life and thoughts--Wilde in his own words.