E 379N • Oscar Wilde Honors-W
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
In this class we will read almost all of the published oeuvre of the Anglo-Irish writer, Oscar Wilde: all his plays, critical essays and children's stories, The Picture of Dorian Gray, selected journalism and letters. We will also take advantage of the Oscar Wilde holdings at the Harry Ransom Center. We will also read Richard Ellmann's definitive biography of Wilde. The course will contextualize Wilde's life and work in terms of British aestheticism, Irish nationalism, the relationship between celebrity and the emergence of mass-culture and the place of Wilde in the imagining of modern homosexual identity.
2 short response papers, 4 pages each: 20%; 1 in-class presentation and participation in class discussion: 30%; Final research paper, 12-15 pages: 50%
Oscar Wilde, Complete Works; Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde; The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde (Eds. Holland and Hart-Davis); Reading packet