The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe

Author(s): Stefano Evangelista

Literary theory

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is now widely recognised not only as one of the most representative figures of the British fin de sicle, but as one of the most influential Anglophone authors of the nineteenth century. In Britain Wilde suffered a long period of comparative neglect following the scandal of his conviction for gross indecency in 1895; and it is only recently that his works have been reassessed. But while Wilde was subjected to silence in Britain, he became a European phenomenon. His famous dandyism, his witticisms, paradoxes and provocations became the object of imitation and parody; his controversial aesthetic doctrines were a strong influence not only on decadent writers, but also on the development of symbolist and modernist cultures. This collection of essays by leading international scholars and translators traces the cultural impact of Oscar Wildes work across Europe, from the earliest translations and performances of his works in the 1890s to the present day.


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Stefano Evangelista is Fellow and Tutor in English at Trinity College, Oxford, and Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford. His book British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan (2008).

Acknowledgements; Series Editor's Preface; Reception Timeline, Paul Barnaby Performance timeline, Michelle Paull; 1. Picturing His Exact Decadence: The British Reception of Oscar Wilde, Joseph Bristow (UCLA, USA); 2. Performance and Place: Oscar Wilde and the Irish National Interest, Noreen Doody (St. Patrick's College, Ireland); 3. Naturalizing Oscar Wilde as an homme de lettres: The French Reception of Dorian Gray and Salome (1895-1922), Emily Eells (Universite de Paris 10 - Nanterre, France); 4. The artist as aesthete: the French creation of Wilde, Richard Hibbitt (University of East Anglia, UK); 5. Andre Gide's 'Hommage a Oscar Wilde' or 'The Tale of Judas', Victoria Reid (University of Glasgow, UK); 6. 'Astonishing in my Italian': Oscar Wilde's First Italian Editions, 1890-1952, Rita Severi (University of Verona, Italy); 7. 'Children of Pleasure': Oscar Wilde and Italian Decadence, Elisa Bizzotto (Ca' Foscari, University of Venice, Italy); 8. The Strange Adventures of Oscar Wilde in Spain (1892-1912), Richard A. Cardwell (University of Nottingham, UK) 9. The Reception of Wilde's Works in Spain through Theatre Performances at the Turn of the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries, Marta Mateo (University of Oviedo, Spain); 10. Tragedy and the Apostle of Beauty: The Early Literary Reception of Oscar Wilde in Germany and Austria, Robert Vilain (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK); 11. Bunbury in Germany: Alive and Kicking, Rainer Kohlmayer and Lucia Kramer (University of Mainz and University of Hanover, Germany); 12. When Critics Disagree, the Artist Survives. Oscar Wilde: An All-Time Favourite of the Viennese Stage in the Twentieth Century, Sandra Mayer (University of Vienna, Austria); 13. Composing Oscar: Settings of Wilde for the German stage, Chris Walton (University of Pretoria, South Africa); 14. From Continental Discourse to 'A breath from a better world': Oscar Wilde and Denmark, Lene Ostermark-Johansen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark); 15. An Ideal Situation? The Importance of Oscar Wilde's Dramatic Work in Hungary, Maria Kurdi (University of Pecs, Hungary); 16. Oscar Wilde and the Czech Decadence, Zdenek Beran (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic); 17. The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Croatia, Irena Grubica (University of Rijeka, Croatia); 18. 'Next to Christ': Oscar Wilde in Russian Modernism, Evgenii Bershtein (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic); Index.

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  • : 9781847060051
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • : May 2010
  • : books

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  • : Stefano Evangelista
  • : Hardback
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