The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe

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Stefano Evangelista
Bloomsbury Publishing, May 6, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 490 pages
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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is now widely recognised not only as one of the most representative figures of the British fin de siècle, 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 Wilde's work across Europe, from the earliest translations and performances of his works in the 1890s to the present day.
 

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Contents

The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe
vii
Acknowledgements
xiii
List of Contributors
xv
Abbreviations
xx
Reception Timeline
xxi
Performance Timeline
lxxvii
Oscar Wilde European by Sympathy
1
The British Reception of Oscar Wilde
20
8 The Strange Adventures of Oscar Wilde in Spain 18921912
141
9 The Reception of Wildes Works in Spain through Theatre Performances at the Turn of the Twentieth and Twentyfirst Centuries
156
The Early Literary Reception of Oscar Wilde in Germany and Austria
173
Alive and Kicking
189
Oscar Wilde an AllTime Favourite of the Viennese Stage in the Twentieth Century
203
Settings of Wilde for the German Stage
217
Oscar Wilde and Denmark
229
15 An Ideal Situation? The Importance of Oscar Wildes Dramatic Work in Hungary
245

Oscar Wilde and the Irish National Interest
51
The French Creation of Wilde
65
The French Reception of Dorian Gray and Salomé 18951922
80
5 André Gides Hommage à Oscar Wilde or The Tale of Judas
96
Oscar Wildes First Italian Editions 18901952
108
Oscar Wilde and Italian Decadence
124
16 Oscar Wilde and the Czech Decadence
256
Oscar Wilde in Croatia
270
Oscar Wilde in Russian Modernism
285
Bibliography
301
Index
354
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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, UK. His book British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece:Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009.

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