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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 Soul of Man Under Socialism’

‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’

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Wilde's Intentions

Lawrence Danson

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's essay The Soul of Man Under Socialism, which highlights how apparent polarities become the permanently unsettled stuff of Wildean paradox. It considers the essay's contributory discourses of politics and culture, where Wilde imagines a world, adjacent to the imaginative world of The Importance of Being Earnest, in which individual desire is fully and joyfully free. The chapter also discusses Wilde's prison letter entitled De Profundis.

Keywords:   Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde, essay, polarities, Wildean paradox, politics, culture, Being Earnest, individual desire, De Profundis

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