Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 9781408145180
Release 2014-03-24
Pages 144
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'My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's' Lady Windermere has a happy marriage - or, at least, that's what she believes until one of London society's gossips, the Duchess of Berwick, arrives with her daughter to voice her suspicions about an affair Lord Windermere appears to be having. It's not just the Duchess who has evidence, however. Windermere's private bank book shows that he's been giving large sums of money to a 'Mrs Erlynne' - on frequent occasions - and he himself even admits to seeing much of the woman. To add insult to injury, Windermere insists that Mrs Erlynne is invited to the ball that is being held for Lady Windermere's birthday. Employing the witty dialogue, social satire and outrageous paradox for which he is still remembered, Wilde's play shows us the destructiveness of gossip and superficial judgement, examines the ambiguous sexual morality and gender politics at the heart of the British ruling class, while simultaneously challenging our perceptions of what constitutes a 'good woman'. This student edition contains a fully annotated version of the playtext. The introduction includes an account of Wilde's life and a detailed analysis of Lady Windermere's Fan as well as its stage history. Ian Small is Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of a number of critical studies on Wilde and has edited several of Wilde's works, including a scholarly edition of Wilde's second society comedy, A Woman of No Importance, also published in the New Mermaids series.



Lady Windermere s Fan A Play about a Good Woman

Lady Windermere s Fan   A Play about a Good Woman Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 9781473349223
Release 2017-07-21
Pages 118
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“Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman” is a play in four-acts by Oscar Wilde, first produced in 1892. It is a tale of scandal and the fall of a woman from grace in a hypocritical and absurdly contradictory high society. A sharp comedy packed full of the cutting witticisms and powerful aphorisms for which Wilde is famous, “Lady Windermere's Fan” is not to be missed by fans of the stage and of Wilde's seminal work in particular. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish novelist, playwright, poet, and essayist. Although he produced work in many forms, he is best remembered for being one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s, as well as for his world-famous novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Other notable works by this author include: “The Happy Prince and Other Stories” (1888), “A Woman of No Importance” (1893), and “The Importance of Being Earnest” (published 1898). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.



Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 IND:32000007188131
Release 1893
Pages 146
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Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan Author Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph)
ISBN-10 OCLC:629802401
Release 1998
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Social Criticism in Oscar Wilde s Lady Windermere s Fan

Social Criticism in Oscar Wilde s Lady Windermere s Fan Author Christina König
ISBN-10 9783638228978
Release 2003-11-12
Pages 13
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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), University of Tubingen (English Philology), course: Proseminar I: Introduction to Drama, 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Today almost everything is accepted in modern society. It does not matter if a person is homosexual, bisexual or transsexual. Further, everyone can do even almost everything that pleases him. So, a lot of men “try” women –the more, the more they are famous, rich or successful. And even today’s women have broken free from their traditional tasks: raising a family, staying at home and doing the cooking. Instead, it is fashion to live a man’s life: going to parties, having a lot of affairs and neglecting the morals. Today’s women are as bad as their masculine fellow men. And even they have become worse- if you want to believe in what the older generation says about our youth. Maybe, this is true. If you compare it to the Victorian Age, so much seems to have changed. Thinking of Oscar Wilde, you will soon realise that he could have lived a much easier life in today’s world. He was an “enfant terrible” of his time. Not only that his artistic and theatrical views did not fit into society at all, but it were especially his sexual preferences that caused his main problems. In contrast to the latest tendency of acceptance for homosexuality, it was a real crime about the year 1900 and so he had to spend a certain time in prison. “The double life that it entailed was by no means a simple matter of deceit and guilt for Wilde: it suited the cultivation of moral independence and detachment from society that he considered essential to art.” 1(Small:1999,xiv/xv). With his behaviour he offended the leaders, institutions and press of his Philistine country. Yet, he always tried to be accepted by Society, but his attempts were mostly answered with exclusion.As Wilde lived for art, his works are a mirror of his own disappointment and frustration about the contemporary value system. So it is certainly very interesting to examine his play Lady Windermere’s Fan in regard to social and moral views. 1 Ian Small, “Introduction,” Ian Small (ed.), Lady Windermere’s Fan. A Play About a Good Woman (London: New Mermaids,1999) xiv/xv.



The Art of the Pose

The Art of the Pose Author Heather Marcovitch
ISBN-10 3034304390
Release 2010
Pages 222
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This book revisits Oscar Wilde's major writings through the field of performance studies. Wilde wrote about performance as a cultural dialectic, as a form of serious and critical play, and as the basis of a subversive poetics. In his studies at Oxford University, his famous lecture tour of the United States and Canada, his friendships with famous actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Lillie Langtry, the writing of his critical essays, "The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, " and his society comedies, and culminating in his post-prison writings "De Profundis" and "The Ballad of Reading Gaol, " Wilde develops a rich theory of performance that addresses aesthetics, ethics, identity and individualism. This book also traces Wilde's often-troubled relationship with late-Victorian society in terms of its attempts to define his public performances by stereotyping him as both irrelevant and dangerous, from the early newspaper caricatures to its later description of him as a sexual monster.



A History of Victorian Literature

A History of Victorian Literature Author James Eli Adams
ISBN-10 9781444354898
Release 2011-10-11
Pages 480
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Incorporating a broad range of contemporary scholarship, A History of Victorian Literature presents an overview of the literature produced in Great Britain between 1830 and 1900, with fresh consideration of both major figures and some of the era's less familiar authors. Part of the Blackwell Histories of Literature series, the book describes the development of the Victorian literary movement and places it within its cultural, social and political context. A wide-ranging narrative overview of literature in Great Britain between 1830 and 1900, capturing the extraordinary variety of literary output produced during this era Analyzes the development of all literary forms during this period - the novel, poetry, drama, autobiography and critical prose - in conjunction with major developments in social and intellectual history Considers the ways in which writers engaged with new forms of social responsibility in their work, as Britain transformed into the world's first industrial economy Offers a fresh perspective on the work of both major figures and some of the era’s less familiar authors Winner of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award, 2009



Lady Windermere s fan Salome A woman of no importance An ideal husband The importance of being earnest

Lady Windermere s fan   Salome   A woman of no importance   An ideal husband   The importance of being earnest Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 UOM:39015043091860
Release 1995
Pages 368
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This series presents students with a library of outstanding plays, many of which are otherwise unobtainable, or available only in out-of-date or unannotated editions. The texts are newly edited, with modernized spelling and punctuation where appropriate; and there are scholarly introductions and annotation. Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s, and retain their power today. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. Wilde's final dramatic triumph was his 'trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest, arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English.



Oscar Wilde in Quotation

Oscar Wilde in Quotation Author Tweed Conrad
ISBN-10 9781476607313
Release 2006-05-11
Pages 247
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"He had that rarest of all things, common sense." And in the case of Oscar Wilde he also had a gift for delivering this common sense in sometimes pithy but always memorable statements. One of the world's most unforgettable authors, Oscar Wilde had a comment for any and every occasion, many of which are quoted here. From art and actors to vice and virtue, this volume organizes 3109 Oscar Wilde quotations by subject matter, effectively providing a new way to enjoy Wilde's considerable literary legacy. Quotations are taken from Wilde's works, including The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, his correspondence, magazine articles and newspaper editorials. Some, which are otherwise not immediately verifiable, are garnered from reliable secondary sources. Sixty-seven chapters deal with topics as varied as death, domesticity, friends and enemies, with the source of each quote duly noted. The work, a fascinating read of Wilde's acute observations, is indexed.



The importance of being a reader A revision of Oscar Wilde s works

The importance of being a reader  A revision of Oscar Wilde s works Author Christina Pascual Aransáez
ISBN-10 9783954893133
Release 2014-11
Pages 380
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This book explores Wilde's works from the hypothesis that they call upon the active participation of the reader in the production of meaning. It has a twofold objective: first, it shows that Wilde's emphasis on the creative role of the audience in his critical writings makes him conceive the reader as a co-creator in the construction of meaning. Second, it analyses the strategies which Wilde employs to impel the reader to collaborate in the creation of meaning of his literary works and casts light upon the social criticism derived from these. The examination of Wilde’s writings reveals how he gradually combined more sophisticated techniques that encouraged the reader's dynamic role with the progressive exploitation of self-advertising strategies for professional purposes. These allowed the ‘commercial’ Oscar to make his works successful among the Victorian public without betraying the ‘literary’ Wilde’s aesthetic principles. The present study re-evaluates Wilde as a critic and as a writer. It demonstrates that, while Wilde the ‘myth’ was ahead of his time in many ways, Wilde the ‘ARTIST’ anticipated in his aesthetic theory various themes which occupy contemporary literary theoreticians. Thus, it may contribute to give him the status he rightly deserves in the history of literature.



Oscar Wilde s Society Plays

Oscar Wilde s Society Plays Author Michael Y. Bennett
ISBN-10 9781137410931
Release 2015-08-05
Pages 212
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As the first collection of essays about Oscar Wilde's comedies, the contributors re-evaluate Oscar Wilde's society plays as 'comedies of manners" to see whether this is actually an apt way to read Wilde's most emblematic plays. Focusing on both the context and the texts, the collection locates Wilde both in his social and literary contexts.



The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 9781101560150
Release 2012-02-07
Pages 240
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A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde's theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art. Also included in this special collection are Wilde's first comedy success, Lady Windermere's Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.



Dictionary Catalog of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library 1911 1971

Dictionary Catalog of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library  1911 1971 Author New York Public Library. Research Libraries
ISBN-10 UOM:39015082975098
Release 1979
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Wilde Complete Plays

Wilde Complete Plays Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 9781408149164
Release 2014-03-10
Pages 624
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This volume contains everything Wilde wrote in dramatic form Wilde's masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is printed here in its usual three-act form, but with an appendix containing the best material from the original four-act version. Also included are his three 'problem plays', Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, as well as his once-banned Salome and several other little-known but fascinating dramas. H. Montgomery Hyde, an acknowledged expert on Wilde and author of several books on him, provides an introduction to Wilde's life and work with special attention to the composition and performance of the plays. "Wilde is to me our only thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audiences, with the whole theatre" (George Bernard Shaw)



Recurring Images of Women in Oscar Wilde s Comedies

Recurring Images of Women in Oscar Wilde s Comedies Author Britta Fokken
ISBN-10 9783638288682
Release 2004-07-07
Pages 10
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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7 (B-), Bielefeld University (Faculty für Linguistics and Literature Studies), course: Short Writings by Oscar Wilde, language: English, abstract: Reading the four comedies by Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, one finds that the women figures in these plays seem to resemble more or less. Wilde appears to like the use of simplified and stereotyped characters like the often occurring womanwith- a-past, some late Victorian domineering matron or the Puritan. With the impression these give, the reader comes to wonder how Wilde himself thought of them and why they are such recurring motifs. Might they be a mirror for the women in his own life or would that be too far-fetched? I will try to proof in this essay that even though these four plays by Wilde as well as his woman figures give the impression as if they were really similar, they are at most alike, and the characters not easily comparable to persons in Wilde’s life. The first three comedies all deal with someone who committed a secret sin in their past and is now confronted with this by meeting an old acquaintance. Though sinners they are in the end pardoned, because they remained good and pure in their hearts, which has to be proved most by Mrs Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan. She left her husband and baby to lead a life full of pleasure and returns half a year before her daughter’s coming of age, drawn by the wish to join or rejoin society and pressing money from Lord Windermere. He allows this because Lady Windermere would lose all her ideals if she found out about the true fate of her mother, whom she glorified all her life supposing she was dead. Mrs Erlynne sacrifices her reputation in Act III to save her daughter’s one, reminded of her own fault twenty years ago and motherly feelings having awoken not wanting her daughter to do the same mistake. [...]



Women in the Victorian Era Oscar Wilde s comedies Lady Windermere s Fan A Woman of no Importance and An ideal Husband

Women in the Victorian Era  Oscar Wilde   s comedies  Lady Windermere   s Fan    A Woman of no Importance  and  An ideal Husband Author Marie-Christin Grigoleit
ISBN-10 9783656824350
Release 2014-10-27
Pages 18
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 2,3, Universität Osnabrück (Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Oscar Wilde's Comedies, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: The first section of this paper will examine the Victorian feminine standards, in particular, it deals with the prevailing ideals that women had to fulfill in order to protect their good reputation. Apart from these roles women had to meet, the topic of marriage which was indispensable for a good woman will be covered. Last but not least, this chapter also deals with the moral ambiguity, women’s disadvantage in comparison to men. The third chapter is concerned with the cultural concept of a 'Fallen Woman' and seeks to point out typical 'Fallen Women' in Wilde’s plays. The fourth chapter presents the findings of the research, focusing on the cultural concept of the 'New Woman' and 'New Woman'-characters in Oscar Wilde’s plays. Finally, the conclusion gives a brief summary and critique of the findings.



Vera Veya Nihilistler

Vera Veya Nihilistler Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN-10 9758688340
Release 2003-04-01
Pages 126
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