Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 18, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 274 pages
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From his boyhood Oscar Wilde was haunted by the literature and culture of ancient Greece, but until now no full-length study has considered in detail the texts, institutions and landscapes through which he imagined Greece. The archaeology of Celtic Ireland, explored by the young Wilde on excavations with his father, informed both his encounter with the archaeology of Greece and his conviction that Celt and Greek shared a hereditary aesthetic sensibility, while major works such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest maintain a dynamic, creative relationship with originary texts such as Aristotle's Ethics, Plato's dialogues and the then lost comedies of Menander. Drawing on unpublished archival material, Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece offers a new portrait of a writer whose work embodies both the late nineteenth-century conflict between literary and material antiquity and his own contradictory impulses towards Hellenist form and the formlessness of desire.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Paideia
9
Poiésis
54
Archaiologia
97
Philologia
127
Trinity College Dublin syllabus
194
Oxford syllabus School of Literae H umaniores
200
IVildes notes on PreSocratic and Platonic pbilosopby
207
Notes
216
Bibliograpby
257
Index
272
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Iain Ross teaches English, Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation at Colchester Royal Grammar School.