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February 18, 2013

Great Lives: Oscar Wilde

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01ddxcq/Great_Lives_Series_27_Oscar_Wilde/

This edition of Radio 4's Great Lives series features Oscar Wilde, with discussion by Will Self, Matthew Parris, and Franny Moyle, the biographer of Wilde's wife Constance. The programme is fairly predictably but nonetheless informative in its focus on Wilde's later years, and the 1895 trial in particular, with some focus on The Picture of Dorian Gray. It's also interesting to hear the perspective of Wilde's wife being raised - and if you want to know more about Constance Wilde then Franny Moyle's biography Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde is well worth reading.


February 17, 2013

Victorian Valentines

Two topical pieces of reading if you'd like some extras to make up for the postponed class this week:

In "Marry me, Bosie!" Dr Thomas Dixon offers some alternative perspectives on the criminal trial of Oscar Wilde in 1895 and the concept of "the love that dare not speak its name". We'll cover some of the trial and background on Wilde in the next class, so this piece offers some useful additional context.

If you bemoaned the over-commercialisation of Valentines Day last week then you might enjoy From Sentiment to Satire in which Dr Alice Crossley blogs about the Victorian origins of Valentine's cards - this also raises some interesting ideas around culture and cultural access from our week 5 reading.


February 13, 2013

Week 7 Questions

In preparation for the seminar on The Picture of Dorian Gray, think about:

  • What ideas about Art does the novel put forward? Think about the connections that can be drawn with Pater's aesthetic theory in particular. Is "all art quite useless" and why/not in the terms of Wilde's novel?
  • The relationship between art and life; where does morality fit within this? What issues about im/morality and art does the novel raise?
  • Wilde centres the representation of masculinity, masculine culture, and masculine sexuality as much more prominent themes than the novels studied thus far; why do you think this might be, and in what ways does the representation of masculinity differ from previous texts?

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