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Author Whiteley, Giles, author

Title Oscar Wilde and the simulacrum : the truth of masks / Giles Whiteley
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (373 pages)
Series Studies in comparative literature ; 35
Studies in comparative literature (Oxford, England) ; 35.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; List of Illustrations; Introduction: The Event Named Wilde, or, Wilde with Deleuze; The Spectre of Hegel; The Shadow of Plato; The Simulacrum of Wilde; 1 Intentions; The Function of Criticism; On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense; Interpretations; 2 Intensities; Writing History; Intensive Life; Eternal Return; 3 Proper Names; A Rose by any Other Name; Suppose there were two Cratyluses or three Robertes; The Importance of Being E(a)rnest, or, Wilde with Klossowski; 4 Doubles; Narcissism
Fascination, Domination, Influence5 Commodities; Phantasmagoria; Fashions and Dandies; Prostitutes; 6 Bodies; Bodies that Matter; The Body of the Condemned; Base Materialism; Simulacral Bodies; Theoretical Sexualities; 7 Women; Supposing Truth were a Woman; Digression on the tableau vivant; The Woman in the Moon; Dancing; 8 Styles; Paradoxes and the Logic of Sense; Skin Deep: Surfaces; Style-in-itself; Politics; Conclusion: Wilde's Ethics of Joy; No Laughing Matter; Prison Writings; The Ethics of Aestheticism; Bibliography; Index; Index of Names, Places and Texts
Summary "Oscar Wilde is more than a name, more than an author. From precocious Oxford undergraduate to cause celebre of the West End of the 1890s, to infamous criminal, the proper name Wilde has become an event in the history of literature and culture. Taking Wilde seriously as a philosopher in his own right, Whiteley's groundbreaking book places his texts into their philosophical context in order to show how Wilde broke from his peers, and in particular from idealism, and challenges recent neo-historicist readings of Wilde which seem content to limit his irruptive power. Using the paradoxical concept of the simulacrum to resituate Wilde's work in relation to both his precursors and his contemporaries, Whiteley's study reads Wilde through Deleuze and postmodern philosophical commentary on the simulacrum. In a series of striking juxtapositions, Whiteley challenges us to rethink both Oscar Wilde's aesthetics and his philosophy, to take seriously both the man and the mask. His philosophy of masks is revealed to figure a truth of a different kind - the simulacra through which Wilde begins to develop and formulate a mature philosophy that constitutes an ethics of joy."--Provided by publisher
Notes Index of Concepts and Subjects
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Subject Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 -- Philosophy
SUBJECT Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 fast
Subject Aestheticism (Literature)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Aestheticism (Literature)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781351555463