Wilde lives! Mocked, spat at, imprisoned, and subsequently silenced in England, Oscar Wilde never lost his appeal on the continent. Stefano Evangelista has compiled an impressive collection by international scholars and translators on the cultural impact of Wilde's work across Europe, ranging from the s to the present. The volume starts with a fifty-page Reception Timeline divided in three sections: translations, criticism, and other literary, musical, and artistic works inspired by Wilde by Paul Barnaby and a thirty-page Performance Timeline listing date, venue, play, and additional information, such as world premieres, producers, directors, or actors by Michelle Paull.
In his introduction, "Oscar Wilde: European by Sympathy," Evangelism emphasizes Wilde's multifarious cosmopolitanism: born in Ireland, Wilde established his campy reputation during his American tour; living in London, he loved all things French; reunited with his lover in Naples after his release from prison, Wilde was buried in Paris.
An overview of key moments defining Wilde's literary legacy includes Wilde's decadent canonization in Max Nordau's infamous Entartung; his "modernization" through Richard Strauss' opera Salome; and surprising performances of Wilde's comedies in Mussolini's Italy, Hitler's Germany, and Franco's Spain. Evangelista concludes by highlighting the paradox of Wilde's "Englishness": "[his] cultural resistance--his aestheticism, dandyism and even his homosexuality--were seen to be at once fundamentally English and fundamentally opposed to mainstream English values" In this chapter, Bristow covers a lot of ground familiar to Wilde scholars.
While present-day Ireland has firmly reclaimed Wilde--his name appears at least once a week in the news--this was not always the case. Based on research in the Irish Times Ireland's leading newspaper, with a moderate, Protestant bent and the Freeman's Journal its Catholic and nationalist rival , Doody's discussion analyzes Wilde's questionable Irish credentials which, incredibly, resulted in Wilde being labeled quintessentially English , despite his many visits to Dublin.
In De Profundis , Wilde fashions himself as a tragic hero modeled after Christ, bestowed with the revelation the tragic hero receives only at the climax of his downfall—and thereby, Wilde witnesses his life unfold before him as a tragedy. Nietzsche writes from within a similar paradigm in The Birth of Tragedy , the work which defines his mission as a philosopher to resurrect tragic art from the aesthetic grave of Socratic philosophy.
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Essay from the year in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,9, University of Stuttgart, language: English, abstract: According to Aristotle sympathy is defined as a kind of pain induced by the suffering. Friedrich Nietzsche's and Oscar Wilde's Critique of Sympathy - Timo Dersch - Essay - English Language and Literature Studies - Literature - Publish your.
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