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Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Sos Eltis


This book challenges long-established views of Oscar Wilde as a dilettante and dandy, revealing him instead as a serious philosopher and social critic who used his plays to subvert the traditional values of Victorian literature and society. By tracing Wilde's painstaking revisions and redrafting of his plays, the book uncovers themes subsequently concealed in successive versions which demonstrate that Wilde was in fact an anarchist, a socialist, and a feminist. Wilde borrowed plots and incidents from numerous contemporary French and English plays, but he then subtly rewrote his plagiarized mat ... More

Keywords: Oscar Wilde, plays, Victorian literature, Victorian society, social conventions, political drama, society play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198121831
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sos Eltis, author
Boston University