Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Critical Essays, 1st edition

  • Jonathan Freedman

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Table of contents

Introduction, Jonathan Freedman.


Notes on “Camp,” Susan Sontag.

The Critic as Artist as Wilde, Richard Ellmann.

Different Desires: Subjectivity and Transgression in Wilde and Gide, Jonathan Dollimore.

Creating the Audience, Regenia Gagnier.

Oscar Wild, W.H. and the Unspoken Name of Love, Lawrence Danson.


Traversing the Feminine in Oscar Wilde's Salomé, Richard Dellamora.

Wilde and the Evasion of Principle, Joseph Loewenstein.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” Katharine Worth.

The Significance of Literature (The Importance of Being Earnest), Joel Fineman.


Oscar Wilde in Japan: Aestheticism, Orientalism and the Derealization of the Homosexual, Jeff Nunokawa.

Writing Gone Wilde: Homoerotic Desire in the Closet of Representation, Ed Cohen.

Promoting Dorian Gray, Rachel Bowlby.

Wilde, Nietzsche, and the Sentimental Relations of the Male Body, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Wilde's Hard Labor and the Birth of Gay Reading, Wayne Koestenbaum.

Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, Oscar Wilde.

Chronology of Important Dates.


Notes on Contributors.

Published by Pearson (December 4th 1995) - Copyright © 1996