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Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism

Lawrence Danson


What were Oscar Wilde's intentions? They had always been suspect, from the time of Poems, when the charge was plagiarism, to his trials, when the charge was sodomy. In Intentions (1891), the book on which his claim as a theoretical critic chiefly lies, and in two related essays, ‘The Portrait of Mr W. H.’ and ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’, Wilde's epigrammatic dazzle and paradoxical subversions both reveal and mask his designs upon fin-de-siecle society. This extended study of Wilde's criticism examines these essays/dialogues/fictions (unsettling the categories was one of their intentions) ... More

Keywords: Oscar Wilde, Poems, Intentions, fin de siecle, Wilde's criticism, English culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186281
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Danson, author
Professor of English