Commentaries on Individual Plays VIII

A Woman of No Importance

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’ (162-66 on the play)

Archer, William. The theatrical ‘world’ of 1893. London: Walter Scott, 1894, 105-13: ‘A Woman of No Importance’ (review of first performance)

Bird, Alan. The plays of Oscar Wilde. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1977, 114-34

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’ (192-203 on the play)

Eltis, Sos. Revising Wilde: society and subversion in the plays of Oscar Wilde. Oxford: Clarendon Pr., 1996, 95-129

Ericksen, Donald H. Oscar Wilde. Boston: Twayne, 1977, 136-41

Gagnier, Regina. Idylls of the marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian public. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1986, 122-25

Gillespie, Michael P. Oscar Wilde and the poetics of ambiguity. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1996, 93-97 and see index

Heller, Janet R. ‘Oscar Wilde’s problem play: A Woman of No Importance.’ Wildean 29 2006 47-60

Jackson, Russell, & Ian Small. ‘Some new drafts of a Wilde play.’ English Literature in Transition 30 1987 7-15

Jenkins, Anthony. The making of Victorian drama. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991, 212-15

Kaplan, Joel H. ‘Oscar Wilde’s contract for A Woman of No Importance.’ Theatre Notebook 48 i 1994 46-48

—–, & Sheila Stowell. Theatre and fashion: Oscar Wilde to the suffragettes. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994, 20-27

Klein, Alfons. ‘Die “Frau mit Vergangenheit” im spätviktorianischen Drama: ein Beitrag zur Motiv- und Themengeschichte.’ Pp 267-91 in Heinz J. Müllenbrock & Alfons Klein, eds. Motive und Themen in englischsprachiger Literatur als Indikatoren literaturgeschichtlicher Prozesse. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1990

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

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’ (162-68 on the play)

Miller, Robert K. Oscar Wilde. NY: Ungar, 1982, 50-55

Mullini, Roberta. ‘Il rinvio della sfida e le regole del salotto in A Woman of No Importance di Oscar Wilde.’ Pp 223-32 in Internazione, dialogo, convenzioni: il caso del testo drammatico. Bologna: CLUEB, 1983

Nassaar, Christopher S. Into the demon universe: a literary exploration of Oscar Wilde. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1974, 109-22

—–. ‘The Farquhar and Arbuthnot connections in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance.’ Notes and Queries 48 2001 158-62

Nelson, Walter W. Oscar Wilde and the dramatic critics: a study in Victorian theatre. Lund: Bloms, 1989, 43-102

Pestka, Dariusz. Oscar Wilde: between aestheticism and anticipation of modernism. Torún: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Miko»aja Kopernika, 1999, 98-101

Powell, Kerry. Acting Wilde: Victorian sexuality, theatre, and Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009, 65-75: ‘Rewriting Salomé

—–. Oscar Wilde and the theatre of the 1890s. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990, 55-72: ‘Unimportant women and men with a past’

—–. ‘Wilde man: masculinity, feminism, and A Woman of No Importance.’ Pp 127-46 in Bristow 2

Raby, Peter. Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988, 91-98

—–. ‘Wilde’s comedies of society.’ Pp 143-60 in Raby (150-54 on the play)

Sammells, Neil. Wilde style: the plays and prose of Oscar Wilde. Harlow: Longman, 2000, 91-98

Shepherd-Barr, Kirsten. ‘Wilde about Ibsen: the fusion of dramatic modes in A Woman of No Importance.’ Pp 126-34 in Smith

Shewan, Rodney. Oscar Wilde: art and egotism. London: Macmillan, 168-77: ‘A Woman of No Importance: a neo-Restoration conflict’

Schönfeld, Eike. Der deformierte Dandy: Oscar Wilde im Zerrspiegel der Parodie. Frankfurt: Lang, 1986, 173-85

Varty, Anne. A  preface to Oscar Wilde. London: Longman, 1998, 170-81

Worth, Katharine J. Oscar Wilde. London: Macmillan, 1983, 98-125

Wright, Margaret. ‘Wilde’s “Puritanism”: Hester Worsley and the American dream.’ Wildean 35 2009 52-61

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