Oscar Wilde's Society Plays

Editors: Bennett, Michael Y. (Ed.)

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As the first collection of essays about Oscar Wilde's comedies, the contributors re-evaluate Oscar Wilde's society plays as 'comedies of manners" to see whether this is actually an apt way to read Wilde's most emblematic plays. Focusing on both the context and the texts, the collection locates Wilde both in his social and literary contexts.

About the authors

Jerusha McCormack, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Stanford University, USA Joseph Bristow, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Melissa Knox, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany Steven Price, Bangor University, UK Richard Allen Cave, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA Helen Davies, Teesside University, UK S.I. Salamensky, University of Louisville, USA      

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"Oscar Wilde's Society Plays is brilliant in its richness of points of view on why this playwright's comedies of manners are so funny and so serious at the same time. Bennett has assembled discussions by scholars well-known and new who boldly, convincingly, and entertainingly mine Wilde's texts and contexts, producing a book that is a feast of wit and wisdom in its own right." - Robert Combs, Professor, English, George Washington University, USA       


       

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Importance of Laughing in Earnest

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 1-12

  • Wit in Earnest: Wilde’s Irish Word-Play

    McCormack, Jerusha

    Pages 15-35

  • The Tragicomedies of Oscar Wilde: A Wilde Response to Melodrama

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 37-49

  • Oscar Wilde’s Unfinished Society Plays: Mr. and Mrs. Daventry, a Wife’s Tragedy, and Love is Law

    Bristow, Joseph

    Pages 51-74

  • Wilde’s Comedic Takes on the New Woman: A Comparison with Ibsen and Shaw

    Dierkes-Thrun, Petra

    Pages 75-94

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oscar Wilde's Society Plays
Editors
  • Michael Y. Bennett
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41093-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137410931
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41092-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56827-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 212
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