Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece (Cambridge Studies in by Iain Ross

By Iain Ross

From his boyhood Oscar Wilde used to be haunted by means of the literature and tradition of historical Greece, yet earlier no full-length learn has thought of intimately the texts, associations and landscapes during which he imagined Greece. The archaeology of Celtic eire, explored via the younger Wilde on excavations together with his father, proficient either his stumble upon with the archaeology of Greece and his conviction that Celt and Greek shared a hereditary aesthetic sensibility, whereas significant works corresponding to the image of Dorian grey and the significance of Being Earnest hold a dynamic, inventive dating with originary texts reminiscent of Aristotle's Ethics, Plato's dialogues and the then misplaced comedies of Menander. Drawing on unpublished archival fabric, Oscar Wilde and old Greece bargains a brand new portrait of a author whose paintings embodies either the late-nineteenth-century clash among literary and fabric antiquity and his personal contradictory impulses in the direction of Hellenist shape and the formlessness of desire.

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