Selected Theatrical Commentaries

Agate, James. ‘Oscar Wilde and the theatre.’ Masque 3 1947 5-23

Brown, John Mason. Seeing more things. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1948, 201-08 (his plays compared to those of Maugham and Coward)

Cave, Richard A. ‘Wilde designs: some thoughts about recent British productions of his plays.’ Modern Drama 37 1994 175-91

Colgan, Michael, chairman. ‘Panel discussion: Wilde in the theatre.’ Pp 99-112 in Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, ed. The Wilde legacy. Dublin: Four Courts Pr., 2003 (with Colgan, Marina Carr, Thomas Kilroy, and Patrick Mason)

Doody, Noreen. ‘Performance and place: Oscar Wilde and the Irish national interest.’ Pp 51-64 in Evangelista

Duncan, Barry. The St. James Theatre: its strange & complete history 1835-1957. London: Barrie & Rockliff, 1964, 223-29, 242-44

Fotheringham, Richard. ‘Exiled to the colonies: “Oscar Wilde” in Australia, 1895-1897.’ Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film 30 ii 2003 55-68

Gagnier, Regina. Idylls of the marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian public. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1986, 22-28; repr. as ‘Creating the audience’ on pp 85-93 in Gillespie

Grance, William. ‘Foreign-language comedy production in the Third Reich.’ Metamorphoses: Journal of the Five-College Seminar on Literary Translation 9 i 2001 179-96 (stresses Goldoni and Wilde)

Hudson, Lynton. The English stage 1850-1950. London: Harrap, 1931, 99-106

Jackson, Russell. ‘Oscar Wilde’s contract for a new play, 1900.’ Theatre Notebook 50 ii 1996 113-15

Kaplan, Joel H. ‘Staging Wilde’s society plays: a conversation with Philip Prowse (Glasgow Citizens Theatre).’ Modern Drama 37 1994 195-205; ‘Wilde in the Gorbals: society drama and Citizens Theatre.’ Pp 214-23 in Sandulescu

—–. ‘Wilde on the stage.’ Pp 249-75 in Raby

—–, & Sheila Stowell. ‘The dandy and the dowager: Oscar Wilde and audience resistance.’ New Theatre Quarterly 15 iv 1999 318-31

—–. Theatre and fashion: Oscar Wilde to the suffragettes. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. 220 pp

Kohlmayer, Rainer. ‘Bunbury in Germany: alive and kicking.’ Pp 189-202 in Evangelista

—–. Oscar Wilde in Deutschland und Österreich: Untersuchungen zur Rezeption der Komödien und zur Theorie der Bühnenübersetzung. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1996. 452 pp (incorporates ‘Sprachkomik bei Wilde und seine deutschen Übersetzern: Normalisierung, Konfliktdämpfung und Selbstzensur in den frühen Komödienübersetzungen.’ Forum Modernes Theater 11 1993 345-84 and ‘Übersetzung als ideologische Anpassung: Oscar Wildes Gesellschaftskomödien mit nationalsozialistischer Botschaft.’ Pp 91-101 in Mary Snell-Hornby et al., eds. Translation studies: an interdiscipline. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1994; translation of latter: ‘Oscar Wilde’s society comedies and the National Socialist message.’ New Comparison 17 1994 11-22)

Kurdi, Mária. ‘An ideal situation? The importance of Oscar Wilde’s dramatic work in Hungary.’ Pp 245-55 in Evangelista

McCarthy, Bernadette. ‘Wilde and Yeats in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 1883.’ Wildean 34 2009 31-40

MacKaye, Percy. Epoch: the life of Steele Mackaye, genius of the theatre, in relation to his time and contemporaries, volume I. NY: Boni & Liveright, 1927, 436-56

Mateo, Marta. ‘The reception of Wilde’s works in Spain through theatre performances at the turn of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.’ Pp 156-72 in Evangelista

Mayer, Sandra. ‘When critics disagree, the artist succeeds: Oscar Wilde, an all-time favorite of the Viennese stage in the twentieth century.’ Pp 203-16 in Evangelista (part from ‘When critics disagree: sensationalism and myth-making in the reception of Oscar Wilde in fin-de-siècle Vienna.’ Wildean 35 2009 62-73)

—–, & Barbara Pfeifer. ‘The reception of Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw in the light of early twentieth-century Austrian censorship.’ Platform 2 ii 2008 59-72:


McCarthy, Bernadette. ‘Wilde and Yeats in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 1883.’ Wildean 34 i 2009 31-40

Nathan George J. The world of George Jean Nathan. Ed. Charles Angoff. NY: Knopf, 1952, 80-91: ‘Oscar Wilde and the epigram’

Nelson, Walter W. Oscar Wilde and the dramatic critics: a study in Victorian theatre. Lund: Bloms, 1989. 201 pp (the reception of each play)

Pearson, Hesketh. ‘Oscar Wilde and his actors.’ Theatre Arts 45 1961 63-75

Powell, Kerry. Acting Wilde: Victorian sexuality, theatre, and Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 204 pp

Raby, Peter. ‘Wilde: the remarkable rocket.’ Pp 31-47 in Mary Luckhurst & Jane Moody, eds. Theatre and celebrity in Britain, 1660-2000. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Ramos Gay, Ignacio. Oscar Wilde y el teatro de boulevard francés. Valencia: Universitat de Valencia, 2007. 362 pp

Re, Lucia. ‘D’Annunzio, Duse, Wilde, Bernhardt: il rapporto autore / attrice fra decadentismo e modernità.’ Modern Language Notes 117 2002 115-52

Riewald, J. G. ‘Max Beerbohm and Oscar Wilde.’ Pp 47-64 in Riewald, ed. The surprise of excellence: modern essays on Max Beerbohm. Hamden, CT: Shoe String Pr., 1974

Robbins, Ruth. Oscar Wilde. London: Continuum, 2011, 43-73: ‘Prose: critical’

Robins, Elizabeth. ‘Oscar Wilde: an appreciation: an unpublished memoir by Elizabeth Robins.’ Ed. Kerry Powell. Nineteenth Century Theatre 21 1993 101-13

Salamensky, S. I. The modern art of influence and the spectacle of Oscar Wilde. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 210 pp; 18-33: Henry James and Wilde compared on performativity and theatricality

Stephens, John R. The profession of the playwright: British theatre 1800-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992, see index

Stokes, John. ‘Wilde’s world: Oscar Wilde and theatrical journalism in the 1880s.’ Pp 41-58 in Bristow 2

Walton, Chris. ‘Composing Oscar: settings of Wilde for the German stage.’ Pp 217-28 in Evangelista

Węgrzyniak, Rafał. ‘Wilde: estetyzm, perwersja i mord.’ Dialog (Warsaw) 49 i 2004 (his plays currently in Polish theatres)

Worth, Katharine J. Oscar Wilde. London: Macmillan, 1983, 1-22: ‘A modern perspective on Wilde as man of theatre’

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