Wilde as Critic and Theorist

Anderson, Amanda. The powers of distance: cosmopolitanism and the cultivation of detachment. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2001, 147-76: ‘“Manners before morals”: Oscar Wilde and epigrammatic detachment’ (152-59: ‘Making the case for detachment: the critical Wilde’)

Anger, Suzy. Victorian interpretation. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2005, 141-65: ‘Subjectivism, intersubjectivity, and intention: Oscar Wilde and literary hermeneutics’

Bashford, Bruce. ‘Oscar Wilde: the critic as dialectician.’ Pp 113-35 in Killeen

—–. Oscar Wilde: the critic as humanist. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1999. 197 pp (no direct treatment of drama)

Baumann, Fritz K. Oscar Wilde als Kritiker der Literatur. Zurich: Leemann, 1933. 104 pp

Bhattacharjee, Jyotsna. ‘Oscar Wilde as a Shakespearean critic.’ Pp 214-42 in Taraknath Sen, ed. Shakespeare commemoration volume. Calcutta: Presidency College, 1966

Brown, Julia P. Cosmopolitanism criticism: Oscar Wilde’s philosophy of art. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1997. 137 pp

Clayton, Loretta. ‘The aesthete and his audience: Oscar Wilde in the 1980s.’ Pp 35-59 in Magid

Colum, Padraic. ‘Introduction.’ Pp xi-xvii in Wilde. Criticisms and reviews. NY: Keller, 1907 (vol. XII of The complete works of Oscar Wilde)

Comfort, Kelly. ‘The critic as artist and liar: the reuse and abuse of Plato and Aristotle by Wilde.’ Wildean 32 2008 57-70

Culler, Jonathan. ‘Wilde’s criticism: theory and practice.’ Pp 402-06 in Susan Dick et al., eds. Omnium gatherum: essays for Richard Ellmann. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1989

Danson, Lawrence. ‘Wilde as critic and theorist.’ Pp 80-95 in Raby

—–. Wilde’s intentions: the artist in his criticism. Oxford: Clarendon Pr., 1997. 198 pp (incorporates ‘Wilde in Arden, or the masks of truth.’ Modern Drama 37 1994 12-33, which focuses on his critical treatment of illusion and reality in plays)

Doody, Noreen. ‘William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and the art of appeal.’ Pp 123-35 in Janet Clare & Stephen O’Neill, eds. Shakespeare and the Irish writer. Dublin: Univ. College Dublin Pr., 2010 (see also pp 136-52 on the influence of Shakespeare on his fiction)

Ege, Selma. ‘Oscar Wilde, the aesthete: H.G. Wells, the “scientist” and “the rediscovery of the unique.” Pp 62-89 in Magid

Ellmann, Richard. ‘Introduction.’ Pp ix-xxviii in Wilde. The artist as critic: critical writings of Oscar Wilde. Ed. Ellmann. NY: Random House, 1969; repr. as ‘The critic as artist as Wilde’ on pp 60-80 in his Golden codgers: biographical speculations. NY: Oxford UP, 1973; repr. on pp 22-35 in Freedman

Ferguson, Christine. ‘Oscar Wilde, “The Critic as Artist” (1891).’ Victorian Review 35 i 2009 64-68

Fortunato, Paul L. Modernist aesthetics and consumer culture in the writings of Oscar Wilde. NY: Routledge, 2007, 61-86: ‘Philosophy with a needle and thread: the aesthetics of fashion in Baudelaire, Wilde, and Tomson/Watson’ (from ‘Wildean philosophy with a needle and thread: consumer fashion at the origins of modernist aesthetics.’ College Literature 34 iii 2007 37-53)

—–. ‘“Well-dressed women do”: embracing the irrational in Wilde’s consumer aesthetic.’ Pp 2-18 in Magid

Green, R. J. ‘Oscar Wilde’s Intentions: an early modernist manifesto.’ British Journal of Aesthetics 13 1973 397-404

Helfand, Michael S., & Philip E. Smith. ‘Anarchy and culture: the evolutionary turn of cultural criticism in the work of Oscar Wilde.’ Texas Studies in Literature and Language 20 1978 199-215

Horrocks, Jamie. ‘Vernon Lee, Oscar Wilde, and the dialogue of “new aesthetics.”’ Nineteenth Century Prose 40 i 2013 201-38

Joseph-Renaud, Jean. ‘Préface.’ Pp vii-xxvii in Wilde. Intentions: traduction, préface et notes. Paris: Stock, 1905

Law, Joe. ‘Using Wilde’s Intentions to help students establish Wilde’s intentions.’ Pp 188-95 in Smith

Marcovitch, Heather. The art of the pose: Oscar Wilde’s performance theory. Bern: Lang, 2010, esp. 91-117: ‘Wilde’s performance theory and the critical essays’

Moore-Gilbert, Bart. ‘From Miss Prism to misprision: Oscar Wilde and contemporary theory.’ Pp 274-82 in Sandulescu

Nicholson, Hubert. ‘A Voyage to Wonderland’ and other essays. London: Heinemann, 1947, 191-201: ‘Wilde on criticism’  

Ó Broin, Leon. Dublin Castle and the 1916 rising. NY: NY UP, 1971, several references

Partridge, E. B. ‘The importance of not being earnest.’ Bucknell Review 9 1960 143-58 (focuses on ‘The decay of lying’)

Pease, Allison. ‘Aestheticism and aesthetic theory.’ Pp 96-118 in Roden

Pestka, Dariusz. Oscar Wilde: between aestheticism and anticipation of modernism. Torún: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Miko»aja Kopernika, 1999, 118-45: ‘From ideological and literary synthesis to the attempt to recreate oneself: Oscar Wilde’s critical essays and “De Profundis”’

Pham-Thanh, Gilbert. ‘Transformer l’essai wildien: lectures de “The Critic as Artist.”’ Études Irlandaises 35 i 2010 147-59

Pollard, Percival. ‘Introduction.’ Pp vii-xix in Wilde. Intentions and essays by Oscar Wilde. NY: Brentano’s, 1907

Price, Jody. A map with utopia: Oscar Wilde’s theory for social transformation. NY: Lang, 1996. 249 pp

Reader. Simon. ‘Oscar Wilde’s notebook on philosophy.’ Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 36 ii  2010 20-31

Rieff, Philip. ‘Introduction.’ Pp vii-xxxiv in Wilde. ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’ and other essays by Oscar Wilde. NY: Harper, 1970

Robson, Julie A. ‘The silver mirror and the woven veil: Oscar Wilde and the art of criticism.’ Pp 32-41 in Peter Kuch & Robson, eds. Ireland in the Asia-Pacific. Gerrards Cross: Smythe, 2003

Ross, Iain. Oscar Wilde and ancient Greece. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013, 135-40 & passim on ‘The Critic as Artist’

Smith, Benjamin. ‘The ethics of man under aestheticism.’ Irish Studies Review 13 2005 317-23 (on Wilde’s denial that art should concern itself with ethics)

Spano, Demetrio. Psicologismo estetico nella filosofia Wildiana. Reggio Calabria: Tipografia Lirita, 1967 (not verified)

Stokes, John. ‘“Shopping in Byzantium”: Oscar Wilde as Shakespeare critic.’ Pp 178-91 in Gail Marshall & Adrian Poole, eds. Victorian Shakespeare, volume 1: Theatre, drama and performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003

Weintraub, Stanley. ‘Introduction.’ Pp ix-xxxvi in Wilde. The literary criticism of Oscar Wilde. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Pr., 1968

Wood, Alice I. ‘Oscar Wilde as a critic.’ North American Review 202 1915 899-909

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