Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Author: Alastair J. L. Blanshard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198789260
Release Date: 2018-01-30
Genre: Literary Criticism

Celebrated now and during his lifetime as a wit and aesthete, Oscar Wilde was also a talented classical scholar whose writings evince an enduring fascination with Graeco-Roman antiquity. Covering all the major genres of his literary output, from philosophical and critical writings to society plays, this volume explores the profound impact that ancient literature and thought had on his life and work and offers new perspectives on his most celebrated and canonicaltexts as well as close analyses of unpublished material.

Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece

Author: Iain Ross
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107020320
Release Date: 2012-10-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

Oscar Wilde's imagination was haunted by ancient Greece; this book traces its presence in his life and works.

Haunted Greece and Rome

Author: D. Felton
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292789241
Release Date: 2010-07-22
Genre: Literary Criticism

Stories of ghostly spirits who return to this world to warn of danger, to prophesy, to take revenge, to request proper burial, or to comfort the living fascinated people in ancient times just as they do today. In this innovative, interdisciplinary study, the author combines a modern folkloric perspective with literary analysis of ghost stories from classical antiquity to shed new light on the stories' folk roots. The author begins by examining ancient Greek and Roman beliefs about death and the departed and the various kinds of ghost stories which arose from these beliefs. She then focuses on the longer stories of Plautus, Pliny, and Lucian, which concern haunted houses. Her analysis illuminates the oral and literary transmission and adaptation of folkloric motifs and the development of the ghost story as a literary form. In her concluding chapter, the author also traces the influence of ancient ghost stories on modern ghost story writers, a topic that will interest all readers and scholars of tales of hauntings.

British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece

Author: S. Evangelista
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230242203
Release Date: 2009-05-22
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book is the first comprehensive study of the reception of classical Greece among English aesthetic writers of the nineteenth century. By exploring this history of reception, it aims to give readers a new and fuller understanding of literary aestheticism, its intellectual contexts, and its challenges to mainstream Victorian culture.

Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood

Author: Joseph Bristow
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319604114
Release Date: 2017-11-09
Genre: Literary Criticism

This is the first collection of critical essays that explores Oscar Wilde’s interest in children’s culture, whether in relation to his famous fairy stories, his life as a caring father to two small boys, his place as a defender of children’s rights within the prison system, his fascination with youthful beauty, and his theological contemplation of what it means to be a child in the eyes of God. The collection also examines the ways in which Wilde’s works—not just his fairy stories—have been adapted for young audiences.

Greek Epigram in Reception

Author: Gideon Nisbet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199662494
Release Date: 2013-10
Genre: History

Greek Epigram in Reception is a chronological survey of the reception history of the Greek Anthology, a Byzantine collection of ancient Greek short poems known as epigrams. Tracing the strange evolution of the Greek Anthology from the early nineteenth century to the years after the first World War, the volume analyses the complex webs of rhetoric that are spun as writers and translators brought their different agendas to bear on the Anthology's text,pruning it to meet their needs. An emergent mass readership became caught between opposing and rhetorically loaded accounts, casting the Anthology, and thus the ancient race on whom the British were supposed to bemodelling themselves, as patriots and doting spouses or lovers of male Beauty, like the Decadent sensation Oscar Wilde. The after effects of this cultural war were to stretch into the 1920s, and still echo today.

Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity

Author: Daniel Orrells
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199236442
Release Date: 2011-06-09
Genre: History

For nineteenth-century thinkers in Germany and Britain, who looked to Greece as the acme of past civilization, the Greeks' enjoyment of pederasty presented a problem. Daniel Orrells's study explores the way in which this awkward issue was negotiated.

Studies of the Greek Poets

Author: John Addington Symonds
ISBN: 0898759951
Release Date: 2002-06-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book is a survey of Greek poetry, and includes several new translations of the Lyric Poets. Symonds, recognized for his scholarly books on early and Renaissance literature, re-issued this edition with the contents rearranged in chronological order and with some additions. John Addington Symonds (1840-1893).was one of the foremost men of letters of his time. He was a preeminent Victorian poet, critic, and historian. He is renowned for his reviews, essays, translations, art histories, and poetry. Symonds joined the rarified ranks of John Ruskin and Walter Pater as a major arbiter of Victorian taste. His books Renaissance in Italy and Life of Michelangelo are landmarks of 19th-century literary scholasticism.

Greek Homosexuality

Author: Kenneth James Dover
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674362705
Release Date: 1989
Genre: History

To what extent and in what ways was homosexuality approved by the ancient Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase paintings, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches in the law courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A discussion of female homosexuality is included.

Nigel Hawthorne on Stage

Author: Kathleen Riley
Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press
ISBN: 190280631X
Release Date: 2005-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Presenting a fresh look at postwar theater, this study of the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne’s 50-year career in the theater focuses on the personal journey of one of Britain’s finest actors. Providing detailed analysis of Hawthorne's stage work, this authorized biography is illuminated and enriched by personal insights derived from Hawthorne's own memories and those of his colleagues. Broad discussions about Hawthorne's personal development as well as the direction stage acting took in the 20th century are integrated with details about the actor's extensive career.

Oscar Wilde s Plagiarism

Author: Florina Tufescu
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131771854
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

Oscar Wilde's plagiarism practices across genres are seen as part of a neo-classical tradition. His allegory of plagiarism in An Ideal Husband is compared to those created by fellow playwrights, including Ibsen and G. B. Shaw. Wilde's polemical imitation of Shakespeare's cut-and-paste method in The Portrait of Mr. W.H. inspires Joyce to experiment with the erasure of quotation marks in Ulysses. The blatant collage of Wilde's poetry anticipates T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, just as it recalls Manet's paintings, which provocatively assert artistic status by drawing attention to their flatness. The mosaic-like structure of The Picture of Dorian Gray is akin to that of other anti-individualist masterpieces, notably Goethe's Faust and D. M. Thomas's The White Hotel. The extent of sophisticated plagiarism in the canonical works and the impressive list of its apologists from Ackroyd to Zola indicate the need for new models of authorship and intellectual property, models that would benefit scholarly and artistic creativity and solve the paradox of plagiarism as simultaneously one of the most serious and most common of literary crimes.

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

Author: Natalie Haynes
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781468300796
Release Date: 2012-04-24
Genre: History

This revelatory book explores modern society while journeying back to the Greeks and Romans -- "will have readers grabbing for the classics" (Kirkus). In this thoroughly engaging book, Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship and wit to the most fascinating true stories of the ancient world. The Ancient Guide to Modern Life not only reveals the origins of our culture in areas including philosophy, politics, language, and art, it also draws illuminating connections between antiquity and our present time, to demonstrate that the Greeks and Romans were not so different from ourselves: is Bart Simpson the successor to Aristophanes? Do the Beckhams have parallel lives with The Satiricon's Trimalchio? Along the way Haynes debunks myths (gladiators didn't salute the emperor before their deaths, and the last words of Julius Caesar weren't "et tu, brute?") from Athens to Zeno's paradox, this irresistible guide shows how the history and wisdom of the ancient world can inform and enrich our lives today.


Author: David Rosenbloom
Publisher: I. B. Tauris
ISBN: 1848851006
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Drama

David Rosenbloom creatively and imaginatively explores the great variety of ways in which the tragedy and comedy of antiquity have been received and influenced in their turn by the cultural agendas of later ages.

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity

Author: Richard Fletcher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107159082
Release Date: 2016-11-30
Genre: Architecture

This book examines how the biographical traditions of ancient poets and artists parallel the creative processes of biographers themselves, both within antiquity and beyond. Each chapter explores a range of biographical material that highlights the complexity of how readers and viewers imagine the lives of ancient creator-figures.