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TitleOscar Wilde's Aesthetic Education [electronic resource] : The Oxford Classical Curriculum / by Leanne Grech
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XI, 273 p. 6 illus., 2 illus. in color. online resource


This book focuses on the role that the Oxford classical curriculum has had in shaping Oscar Wilde’s aestheticism. It positions Wilde as a classically trained intellectual and outlines the path he took to gain recognition as a writer and promoter of the aesthetic movement. This narrative is conveyed through a broad range of literary sources, including Wilde’s travel poetry, American lectures, and canonical works like ‘The Critic as Artist’, The Soul of Man, The Picture of Dorian Gray and De Profundis. This study proposes that Wilde approached aestheticism as a personalised, self-directed learning experience – a mode of self-culture – which could be used to maintain an intellectual life outside of the university. It also explores Wilde’s thoughts on education and considers the significance of male friendship at Oxford, and in Wilde’s life and literature


1. Introduction: Greek Forms and Gothic Cloisters -- 2. Popery and Paganism: Divided Loyalties in the Travel Poems -- 3. American Beauty: Aestheticism Across the Atlantic -- 4. Civilizing England: Oxford, Empire, and Aesthetic Education -- 5. Fervent Friendships: Oxford Platonism and The Picture of Dorian Gray -- 6. Wilde and Douglas: Redefining the Beloved -- 7. Epilogue: Some Thoughts on Aesthetic Education

Literature Modern-19th century British literature Motion pictures Queer theory Philology Nineteenth-Century Literature. British and Irish Literature. Queer Studies. Classical Studies.


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