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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde

Editor(s): Philip E. Smith ll

Pages: xii & 278 pp.
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781603290104 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781603290098 (hardcover)

"This is an exceptionally rich and comprehensive collection. Many will consult it for scholarly insights alone; those who read it for ideas on teaching Wilde will find a gold mine."
Julia Prewitt Brown, Boston University

"Stimulating, original, and compact."
English Literature in Transition 1800–1920



It is both a challenge and a pleasure to teach the works of Oscar Wilde, "the master of paradox," in the words of this volume's editor. Wilde wrote at a pivotal moment between the Victorian period and modernism, and his work is sometimes considered prescient of the postmodern age. He is now taught in a variety of university courses: in literature, theater, criticism, Irish studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and gay studies.

This volume, like others in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Litereature, is divided into two parts. The first, "Materials," suggests editions, resources, and criticism, both in print and online, that may be useful for the teacher. The second part, "Approaches," contains twenty-five essays that discuss Wilde's stories, fairy tales, poetry, plays, essays, letters, and life—from the perspective of a wide range of disciplines.

Contributors

Alan Ackerman
Jonathan Alexander
Bruce Bashford
Joseph Bristow
Francesca Coppa
Heath A. Diehl
Petra Dierkes-Thrun
Sos Eltis
Nikolai Endres
Samuel Lyndon Gladden
Jarlath Killeen
Melissa Knox
Joe Law
Joan Navarre
Robert Preissle
Frederick Roden
D. C. Rose
Nicholas Ruddick
S. I. Salamensky
Neil Sammells
Beth Tashery Shannon
Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
Eszter Szalczer
Shelton Waldrep

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