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Wilde's IntentionsThe Artist in his Criticism$
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Lawrence Danson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.001.0001

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‘The Decay of Lying’

‘The Decay of Lying’

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(p.36) 2 ‘The Decay of Lying’
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Wilde's Intentions
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Lawrence Danson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0003

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's essay The Decay of Living. It discusses Wilde's polemic against realism and his position on other elements of a binarized discourse that opposes imitation to creation, nature to form, and life to art. The chapter suggests that dinners and lovers figure largely in this essay and that it is similar in form to the Platonic dialogue. It also highlights the reception of the essay and explains the commentaries of Wilde's critics.

Keywords:   Decay of Living, Oscar Wilde, essay, polemic, realism, binarized discourse, Platonic dialogue

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