Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde
- Editor: Philip E. Smith ll
- Pages: xii & 278 pp.
- Published: 2008
- ISBN: 9781603290104 (Paperback)
- ISBN: 9781603290098 (Cloth)
“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.”
“Stimulating, original, and compact.”
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.
Heath A. Diehl
Samuel Lyndon Gladden
D. C. Rose
S. I. Salamensky
Beth Tashery Shannon