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Oscar Wilde and the Victorians

PS, 2st., Do 12-14, S 121 / GWI
BA (1.2), A4, A7; MAIAS elective; Lehramt
SoSe 2013
Universität Bayreuth

Credit certificates can be collected from Dr. Thomas Schönweitz during his office hours in GW I.

Course Description

Enfant terrible, man-about-town, literary genius: Oscar Wilde’s public reputation has different facets. By reading and discussing a variety of his works ranging from his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, to plays (e.g. A Woman of No Importance), poems (e.g.“Panthea”), letters (e.g. De Profundis) and essays (e.g. “Pen, Pencil and Poison”), we will get an insight into why Wilde is considered a flamboyant personality of fin de siècle Great Britain. To be able to evaluate Wilde’s special status, we will also have a closer look at the social conventions, traditions and convictions that governed the life of the Victorians.

Texts to be obtained by students:

Oscar Wilde. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Stories, Plays, Poems & Essays

Course Overview

Course Overview Oscar Wilde (pdf-file)