Commentaries on Individual Plays IV

Lady Windermere’s Fan

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’ (170-75 on the play)

Belford, Barbara. Oscar Wilde: a certain genius. NY: Random House, 2000, 187-95

Billi, Mirella. ‘Parody of models in the comedies of Oscar Wilde.’ Pp 190-200 in Franci (192-98 on the play)

Bird, Alan. The plays of Oscar Wilde. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1977, 92-113

Brisson, Adolphe. Le théâtre, II. Paris: Librairie des Annales, 1909, 357-64

Brooks, Cleanth, & Robert B. Heilman. Understanding drama. NY: Holt, 1945, 43-45, 54-56, 63-66, 73-81

Cahir, Linda C. ‘A shared impulse: the significance of language in Oscar Wilde’s and Ernst Lubitsch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Literature / Film Quarterly 19 i 1991 7-11

Cave, Richard A. ‘Power structuring: the presentation of outsider figures in Wilde’s plays.’ Pp 37-50 in Sandeluscu (40-46 on the play)

Chiara, Biagio. ‘Prefazione.’ Pp vii-xiv in Wilde. Il ventaglio di Lady Windermere. Naples: Bideri, 1912

Clark, Barrett H. A study of the modern drama. NY: Appleton, 1925, 241-50: ‘Oscar Wilde’ (part on the play)

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’ (182-92 on the play)

Coppa, Francesca. ‘Teaching melodrama, modernity, and postmodernity in Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Pp 117-25 in Smith

Coulon Bentayeb, Marianne de. ‘Théâtre de l’ambiguité, théâtre de la vie: étude de La Parisienne d’Henry Becque (1884), de La moglie ideale de Marco Praga (1890) et de Lady Windermere’s Fan de Oscar Wilde (1892).’ Colloquium Helveticum 16 1992 9-29

Davidson, David. ‘The importance of being Ernst: Lubitsch and Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Literature / Film Quarterly 11 ii 1983 120-31

Day, Sylvia. ‘Some notes on Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Wilde About Wilde Newsletter 1 Oct 16, 1986 5-6

Duncan, Barry. The St. James Theatre: its strange and complete history 1835-1957. London; Barrie & Rockliff, 1964, 223-29 (first production of the play)

Eltis, Sos. Revising Wilde: society and subversion in the plays of Oscar Wilde. Oxford: Clarendon Pr., 1996, 54-94

Ericksen, Donald H. Oscar Wilde. Boston: Twayne, 1977, 130-36

Fortunato, Paul L. Modernist aesthetics and consumer culture in the writings of Oscar Wilde. NY: Routledge, 2007, 87-112: ‘Consumer fashion and modernist aesthetics in Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892)’; 113-37: ‘Mrs. Erlynne as modernist: the artist of consumer image and ritual’

Frankel, Nicholas. ‘On the dates of composition for Wilde’s Salome and Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Notes and Queries 52 2005 488-90

Gagnier, Regina. Idylls of the marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian public. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1986, 117-22

Geraths, Armin. ‘Oscar Wilde: Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Pp 153-72 in Dieter Mehl, ed. Das englische Drama: vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart, II. Düsseldorf: Bagel, 1970

Gillespie, Michael P. Oscar Wilde and the poetics of ambiguity. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1996, 76-78, 84-89, 91-95, 120-24

Harvey, A. Sydney. ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan and the further teaching of Oscar Wilde.’ Ludgate Monthly (London) Sep 1892 259-65

Heilman, Robert B. The ways of the world: comedy and society. Seattle: Univ. of Washington Pr., 1978, 111-16 and see index

Hobson, Harold. Verdict at midnight: sixty years of dramatic criticism. London: Longmans, 1952, 16-22

Hopper, Vincent F., & Gerald B. Lahey. ‘The play.’ Pp 40-70 in Wilde. Lady Windermere’s Fan. Great Neck, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 1960; also Hopper, ‘The playwright,’ 9-39, and George L. Hersey, ‘The staging,’ 71-77

Hunt, Elizabeth. The play of today: studies in play-structure for the student and the theatre-goer. London: John Lane, 1913, 108-40: ‘High comedy or comedy of manners, illustrated by Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde’

Innes, Christopher. Modern British drama, 1890-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992, 216-23: ‘Oscar Wilde: paradoxical fantasy and moral subversion’ (216-19 on the play)

Jenkins, Anthony. The making of Victorian drama. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991, 209-13

Kaplan, Joel H. ‘A puppet’s power: George Alexander, Clement Scott, and the replotting of Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Theatre Notebook 46 ii 1992 59-73

—–, & Sheila Stowell. Theatre and fashion: Oscar Wilde to the suffragettes. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994, 13-20

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

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’ (154-62 on the play)

Mason, A. E. W. Sir George Alexander and the St. James’ Theatre. London: Macmillan, 1935, 30-41 (first production of the play)

McCarthy, Mary. ‘Theatre chronicle.’ Partisan Review 14 1947 62-66

McKenna, Neil. The secret life of Oscar Wilde. London: Century, 2003, 169-79

Mendelssohn, Michèle. Henry James, Oscar Wilde and aesthetic culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2007, 246-50

Mikhail, E. H. ‘Oscar Wilde and his first comedy.’ Modern Drama 10 1968 394-96 (why he wrote the play)

Miller, Robert K. Oscar Wilde. NY: Ungar, 1982, 42-49

Musser, Charles. ‘The hidden and the unspeakable: on theatrical culture, Oscar Wilde and Ernst Lubitsch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Film Studies 4 Sum 2004 12-47

Nassaar, Christopher S. Into the demon universe: a literary exploration of Oscar Wilde. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1974, 73-80

—–. ‘Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan and Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession.’ Explicator 56 1998 137-38

—–. ‘Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Lady Windermere’s Fan.’ Explicator 54 1995 20-24

Nelson, Walter W. Oscar Wilde and the dramatic critics: a study in Victorian theatre. Lund: Bloms, 1989, 12-43

Peckham, Morse. The triumph of Romanticism: collected essays. Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Pr., 1970, 226-30: ‘What did Lady Windermere learn?’ (from College English 18 1956 11-14)

Pestka, Dariusz. Oscar Wilde: between aestheticism and anticipation of modernism. Torún: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Miko»aja Kopernika, 1999, 93-97

Powell, Kerry. Acting Wilde: Victorian sexuality, theatre, and Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009, 53-58: ‘Rewriting Lady Windermere’s Fan

—–. Oscar Wilde and the theatre of the 1890s. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990, 14-32: ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan and the unmotherly mother’

Raby, Peter. Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988, 81-92

—–. ‘Wilde’s comedies of society.’ Pp 143-60 in Raby (143-51 on the play)

Robbins, Ruth. Oscar Wilde. London: Continuum, 2011, 135-44: ‘Selling out? Wilde, the commercial theatre and Lady Windermere’s Fan

Rustin, Margaret, & Michael Rustin. Mirror to nature: drama, psychoanalysis, and society. London: Karnac, 2002, 160-89: ‘Oscar Wilde’s glittering surface’ (161-75 on the play)

Sammells, Neil. Wilde style: the plays and prose of Oscar Wilde. Harlow: Longman, 2000, 85-91

San Juan, Epifanio. The art of Oscar Wilde. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1967, 140-54

Schönfeld, Eike. Der deformierte Dandy: Oscar Wilde im Zerrspiegel der Parodie. Frankfurt: Lang, 1986, 156-67

Schrank, Bernice. ‘Mrs Erlynne, Mrs Warren and the nineteenth-century stage stereotype of the fallen woman.’ Pp 134-45 in Joseph McMinn et al., eds. The internationalism of Irish literature and drama. Gerrards Cross: Smythe, 1992

Shewan, Rodney. Oscar Wilde: art and egotism. London: Macmillan, 1977, 158-68: ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan: the critic as dramatist’; repr. on pp 134-45 in Tydeman)

Small, Ian. ‘Introduction.’ Pp ix-xl in Wilde. Lady Windermere’s Fan. 2nd ed. Ed. Small. London: Black, 1999

Thies, Henning. Namen im Kontext von Dramen: Studien zur Funktion von Personennamen im englischen, amerikanischen und deutschen Drama. Frankfurt: Lang, 1978, 207-23: ‘“Gefallene Frauen” bei Wilde, Pinero und Shaw’

Varty, Anne. A  preface to Oscar Wilde. London: Longman, 1998, 157-69

Wilson, Raymond J. ‘The comedy of the false apperception: Wilde, Maugham, and Stoppard.’ Analecta Husserliana 56 1998 153-64 (154-59 on the play)

Worth, Katharine J. Oscar Wilde. London: Macmillan, 1983, 74-97


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