Visit this resource

Title : 21L.705 Major Authors: Oscar Wilde and the '90's (MIT)

Description : At this distance Oscar Wilde seems not only to be on the threshold between centuries and between cultural-systems: in many ways he seems to be the threshold. His aesthetics look backwards to the aestheticism of Pater and the moral sensibility of Ruskin, and they look forward to Modernism. His antecedents are 18th century playwrights, and he opened a path of irony and structural self-reflexivity that leads to Beckett and Tom Stoppard. He was Irish but achieved his great successes in England. Arguably, his greatest success was his greatest public failure: in his scandalous trials he shaped 20th century attitudes toward homosexuality and toward theatricality and toward performativity. His greatest performance was the role of "Oscar Wilde": in that sense he taught the 20th century ho

Fromsemester : Spring

Fromyear : 2003

Creator :

Date : 2004-08-12T16:30:19+05:00

Relation : 21L.705

Language : en-US

Subject : Oscar Wilde

Subject : Authors

Subject : Literature

Subject : Shaw

Subject : Isben

Publisher : MIT OpenCourseWare

License : Content within individual OCW courses is (c) by the individual authors unless otherwise noted. MIT OpenCourseWare materials are licensed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike). For further information see