Commentaries on Individual Plays II

An Ideal Husband

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’ (167-70 on the play)

Aquien, Pascal. ‘Sardoodledum revisited, or a few trivial remarks about Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.’ Études Irlandaises 33 ii 9-19

Archer, William. The theatrical ‘world’ of 1895. London: Walter Scott, 1896, 14-19: ‘An Ideal Husband’ (repr. review of first performance)

Bird, Alan. The plays of Oscar Wilde. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1977, 135-59

Brake, Laurel. ‘Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband and W. Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife: a dialogue.’ Pp 209-33 in Bristow 1

Charlesworth, Barbara. Dark passages: the decadent consciousness in Victorian literature. Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Pr., 1965, 75-77

Chouhan, Anjna. ‘The usual palm tree: lovers in the conservatory on the late Victorian stage.’ Victorian Network 3 ii 2011 78-94 (the play is one of two examples)

Cohen, Philip K. The moral vision of Oscar Wilde. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1978, 181-232: ‘Fortunes of the Christian hero: the later plays and scenarios’ (203-12 on the play)

Debon, Günther. Oscar Wilde and Taoism. Bern: Lang, 1986, 91-100: ‘An Ideal Husband’; German version: Oscar Wilde und der Taoismus. Bern: Lang, 1986, 11-21: ‘Ein idealer Gatte

Dellamora, Richard. ‘Oscar Wilde, social purity, and An Ideal Husband.’ Modern Drama 37 1994 120-38

Eltis, Sos. Revising Wilde: society and subversion in the plays of Oscar Wilde. Oxford: Clarendon Pr., 1996, 130-69

Ericksen, Donald H. Oscar Wilde. Boston: Twayne, 1977, 141-45

Fisher, James. ‘On the ladder of social organization: images of decadence and morality in James’s Washington Square and Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.’ Pp 167-85 in David G. Izzo & Daniel T. O’Hara, eds. Henry James against the aesthetic movement: essays on the middle and late fiction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006

Gagnier, Regina. Idylls of the marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian public. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1986, 125-32

Gelven, Michael. Truth and the comedic art. Albany: State Univ. of NY Pr., 2000, 35-48: ‘Lord Goring’

Jenkins, Anthony. The making of Victorian drama. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991, 215-19

Kaplan, Joel H., & Sheila Stowell. Theatre and fashion: Oscar Wilde to the suffragettes. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994, 27-33

Kohl, Norbert. ‘Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband.’ Pp 318-33 in Heinz Kosok, ed. Das englische Drama im 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Schmidt, 1976

—–. Oscar Wilde: the works of a conformist rebel. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989, passim on 205-54

Kohl, Stefan. ‘The aesthetics of the expressionless face: representation of authority in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.’ Pp 107-17 in Günter Ahrends et al., eds. Word and action in drama: studies in honor of Hans-Jürgen Diller on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 1994

Kohlmayer, Rainer. ‘Oscar Wildes Gesellschaftskomödie An Ideal Husband: Politik, Dandytum, übersetzerische Rezeption.’ Pp 269-86 in Dieter Kafitz, ed. Drama und Theater der Jahrhundertwende. Tübingen: Francke, 1991

Lich, Glen E. ‘“Anything but a misprint”: comments on an Oscar Wilde typescript.’ South Central Review 3 ii 1986 46-54

Mansilla Blanco, María I. ‘“Art never expresses anything but itself”: las acotaciones artísticas en An Ideal Husband de O. Wilde.’ ES: Revista de Filología Inglesa 18 1994 75-80

Marcovitch, Heather. The art of the pose: Oscar Wilde’s performance theory. Bern: Lang, 2010, 151-84: ‘The dialectic of persona and stereotypes in the society comedies’ (168-75 on the play)

McKenna, Neil. The secret life of Oscar Wilde. London: Century, 2003, 243-47

Mikhail, E. H. ‘Self-revelation in An Ideal Husband.’ Modern Drama 11 1968 180-86

Miller, Robert K. Oscar Wilde. NY: Ungar, 1982, 55-67

Naik, M. K. ‘[Eliot’s] The Elder Statesman and An Ideal Husband: a study in comparison.’ Pp 70-77 in K. P. K. Memon et al., eds. Literary studies: homage to Dr. A. Sivaramasubramonia Aiyer. Trivandum: St Joseph’s Pr., 1973

Nassaar, Christopher S. Into the demon universe: a literary exploration of Oscar Wilde. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1974, 123-29

Nelson, Walter W. Oscar Wilde and the dramatic critics: a study in Victorian theatre. Lund: Bloms, 1989, 102-42

Pestka, Dariusz. Oscar Wilde: between aestheticism and anticipation of modernism. Torún: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Miko»aja Kopernika, 1999, 102-07

Powell, Kerry. Acting Wilde: Victorian sexuality, theatre, and Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009, 76-100: ‘Performance anxiety in An Ideal Husband’ (77-81: ‘The politics of prostitution in An Ideal Husband’; 81-89: ‘“The problem of women”’; 89-96: ‘The last act: “truth” versus performance’

—–. Oscar Wilde and the theatre of the 1890s. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990, 89-107: ‘An Ideal Husband: resisting the feminist police’

Preissle, Robert. ‘Wilde in the comparative arts course: teaching An Ideal Husband.’ Pp135-41 in Smith

Raby, Peter. Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988, 95-100

—–. ‘Wilde’s comedies of society.’ Pp 143-60 in Raby (154-59 on the play)

Salamensky, S. I. The modern art of influence and the spectacle of Oscar Wilde. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 76-99

Salbayre, Sébastien. ‘Biblical turns of phrase, repetition and circularity in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.’ Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens 63 2006 175-86

Sammells, Neil. Wilde style: the plays and prose of Oscar Wilde. Harlow: Longman, 2000, 98-104

San Juan, Epifanio. The art of Oscar Wilde. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1967, 165-79

Schnitzer, Carol. ‘A husband’s tragedy: the relationship between art and life in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.’ Victorian Newsletter 109 2006 25-29

Shaw, Bernard. ‘Two new plays.’ Saturday Review 79 1895 44-45; repr. on pp 6-12 in Shaw. Our theatres in the nineties, volume I. London: Constable, 1932 (9-12 on the play)

Shewan, Rodney. Oscar Wilde: art and egotism. London: Macmillan, 177-86: ‘An Ideal Husband: public law and private morality’

Shiojiri, Yasuko. ‘“An ideal husband?”—Oscar Wilde’s play of ideas about an ideal wife.’ Studies in English Literature (English number) 1997 35-49

Tufescu, Florina. Oscar Wilde’s plagiarism: the triumph of art over ego. Dublin: Irish Academic Pr., 2008, 102-07

Varty, Anne. A  preface to Oscar Wilde. London: Longman, 1998, 182-91

Wisenthal, J. L. ‘Wilde, Shaw, and the play of conversation.’ Modern Drama 37 1994 206-19

Worth, Katharine J. Oscar Wilde. London: Macmillan, 1983, 126-51

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