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Elisabeth Bronfen

with pagan forms of idolatry, as they re-emerged in nineteenth century’s cultural image repertoire to subvert and/or reconfirm Christianity caught in a ‘crisis in belief, is suggested by Oscar Wilde’s interpretation of a Renaissance anecdote: ‘In 1485 some workmen digging on the Appian Way came across an old Roman sarcophagus inscribed with the name “Julia, daughter of

in Over her dead body
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Neoliberal gothic
Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

of the century, the Victorian cult of death had transmuted into a pervasive sense of decay, as libertines such as Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray and ancient evils such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula 4 embodied the fears of a generation, for whom the foreign horde threatened to overrun the imperial capital whilst the Englishman himself became a corrupt shadow of his former heroic self. In the United States

in Neoliberal Gothic
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Andrew Smith

way, to sexological readings of gender that argue for a disjunction between sexual orientation and gender performance. The figure of the masculine homosexual, for example, appears to conceal same-sex desire and this is an issue which played an important role in the trials, and indeed in the writings, of Oscar Wilde which are discussed in Chapter 6 . As we shall see, Wilde’s camp performance covertly

in Victorian demons
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Nature and spirit
David Punter

‘All men kill the thing they love’, Oscar Wilde had written fifteen years previously; 18 but the real question here is about anthropomorphism, and about what this textual, rhetorical move to spread the emotion of jealousy across the natural world achieves and what it runs the danger of destroying. 19 What seems to me most interesting here is the extraordinary complexity of the phrases around the

in Ecogothic
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British queer history
Brian Lewis

Oscar Wilde sort’. 2 A recent thesaurus gaily mixes together desires, deeds and descriptors in coming up with more than eight hundred synonyms for gay male (from ‘A-gay’ to ‘zebrajox’) and 230 for lesbian (from ‘Amazon’ to ‘zamie girl’). 3 The ‘Juliet question’ – ‘What’s in a name?’ – is just as pertinent and unresolved a decade after Hensher wrote; but he exaggerated the demise of ‘queer’, at least in the academy and upon university campuses, where it remains in robust health. Of all the possible terms, queer is perhaps the most contentious. Before the

in British queer history
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A brief digression on twins
R. S. White

identical twin who is socially and temperamentally different from him. The influence behind it is more likely to be Shakespeare’s Errors than Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest , because of the curious celebrity of the former in India, in different language-speaking communities. Richard Allen argues that there is a special affinity between The Comedy of Errors and

in Shakespeare’s cinema of love
Howard J. Booth

feels after he is hit by the young officer Ouless, leading to a cathartic fight, can be read in sexual terms as desire, frustration and release. 43 John Moray Stuart-Young, the subject of a 2006 study by Stephanie Newell, was brought up in one of the poorest areas of Manchester. Working as a clerk he funded the lifestyle of a well-off aesthete by embezzling from his employer. He began to write to his literary heroes, among them Oscar Wilde, Edward Carpenter and Rudyard Kipling. In later memoirs he claimed that he was lifted out of Manchester by the intervention of

in In Time’s eye
Riots and extraparliamentary participation
Matt Qvortrup

resort to this mainly – though not only – when their opportunities for meaningful talking and voting break down. Thinking about the politics of violent dissent has a long history in political thought. Oscar Wilde, not normally regarded as a political thinker, noted in The Soul of Man Under Socialism: Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and rebellion. (1997, 899) Not everyone will agree with Wilde’s statement, though Hegel’s claim that ‘the

in The politics of participation
An introduction
Joanne Begiato

Hannan (eds), Gender and Material Culture in Britain since 1600 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 68–89 ; Karen Harvey, ‘Men of parts: masculine embodiment and the male leg in eighteenth-century England’, Journal of British Studies 54:4 (2015), 797–821; Dominic Janes, Oscar Wilde Prefigured: Queer Fashioning and British Caricature, 1750–1900 (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2016); Declan Kavanagh, Effeminate Years: Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2017); Matthew

in Manliness in Britain, 1760–1900
Dafydd W. Jones

. Jones, ‘Becoming the Dada Body: Masks, Dance and Mime’, in Dada 1916 in Theory: Practices of Critical Resistance (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014), pp. 54, 66.  6 Cravan to Loy, 16 December 1917, in ŒPAL, p. 165.  7 Cravan to Loy, 25 December 1917, in ŒPAL, pp. 172–4.  8 ‘Je t’aime, je t’aime, je t’aime.’ Cravan to Loy, 16 December 1917, in ŒPAL, p. 165.  9 Cravan to Loy, 18 December 1917, in ŒPAL, p. 166. 10 André Gide, Oscar Wilde: A Study, trans. Stuart Mason (Oxford: Holywell Press, 1905), p. 84. 11 The only verifiable Cornell in the Cravan

in The fictions of Arthur Cravan