Literary Lives

Oscar Wilde

A Literary Life

Authors: Stern, Kimberly J.

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  • Expands on Wilde’s relationship to key Victorian and nineteenth-century social movements and ideologies
  • Identifies important influences on Wilde
  • Illuminates Wilde’s perspectives on education, religion, science, philosophy, and social movements
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Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life tracks the intellectual biography of one of the most influential minds of the nineteenth century. Rather than focusing on the dramatic events of Wilde’s life, this volume documents Wilde’s impressive forays into education, religion, science, philosophy, and social reform. In so doing, it provides an accessible and yet detailed account that reflects Wilde’s own commitment to the “contemplative life.” Suitable for seasoned readers as well as those new to the study of his work, Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life brings Wilde’s intellectual investments into sharp focus, while placing him within a cultural landscape that was always evolving and often fraught with contradiction. 

About the authors

Kimberly J. Stern is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is the editor of a Broadview edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (2015) and author of The Social Life of Criticism: Gender, Criticism, and the Politics of Belonging (2016).

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“Stern reveals the overlooked significance of Wilde’s encounters with multidisciplinary periodical literature and surveys his considerable contribution to fin de siècle periodical culture. … his influence upon periodical culture was equally significant and deserving of study by both scholars and enthusiasts.” (Rebecca Nesvet, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 53 (2), 2020)

“Oscar Wilde: A Literary Life is a well-researched, well written account of Wilde’s intellectual life and how he thought. readers will, though, enjoy stern’s study to the fullest if they come to it with a thoroughgoing knowledge of what Wilde thought, by close acquaintance with his works and by having already read a more traditional kind of biography.” (Aaron Eames, The Wildean, July, 2020)


“A welcome assessment of key elements in Wilde's intellectual make-up. The Wilde who emerges is first and foremost a thinker. Stern is particularly illuminating on the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of Wilde's thought, as well as his ambivalence towards philosophical discourse as such.” (Nicholas Frankel, Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, and author of Oscar Wilde's Decorated Books and Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years (2017))
“There has long been a need for an intellectual biography of Oscar Wilde, a need addressed with great aplomb by Professor Stern’s book. With impressive scholarship and sensitivity she explores Wilde’s complex and fluid engagements with the fields of biography, education, religion, science, philosophy and politics throughout his career, in a work that both undergraduates and long-time scholars of Wilde will find equally illuminating.” (Dr. Iain Ross, author of Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece (2012))

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • The Biographer

    Pages 1-34

    Stern, Kimberly J.

  • The Teacher

    Pages 35-81

    Stern, Kimberly J.

  • The Priest

    Pages 83-132

    Stern, Kimberly J.

  • The Scientist

    Pages 133-173

    Stern, Kimberly J.

  • The Philosopher

    Pages 175-216

    Stern, Kimberly J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oscar Wilde
Book Subtitle
A Literary Life
Authors
Series Title
Literary Lives
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24604-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24604-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-24603-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 266
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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