Melmoth’s journey to France
Catherine Lanone

own share of heaven in order to bring revelation to men: ‘such is the way Balzac interprets Faust and rewrites Melmoth’ (Butor 1998 : 123). As Sage points out, allusions to painting in Melmoth the Wanderer already question the mimetic connection between life and art, in ‘that extraordinary anticipation of decadence which so attracts the French’ (Sage 2000 : xxiii). No wonder that Oscar

in European Gothic
Tom Ryall

’s sister, Kate (Cathleen Nesbitt) in Fanny by Gaslight, and has suggested that The Way to the Stars is ‘a fascinating study of the frailty of masculinity’.23 Asquith’s post-war work can also be drawn into the discussion with the hopelessly repressed Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version, Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being Earnest, with its deceptions and double-life theme, and The Young Lovers, a film described by Bourne as ‘a glorious, passionate plea for the understanding of forbidden love’, and comparable to Brief Encounter in its susceptibility to a gay reading

in Anthony Asquith
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Thoreau in the city
Alison Hulme

existing systems. To be sure, writing a history of thrift as thriving rather entails writing a ‘Left’ history whether one means to or not, as the thrift that has resisted frugality has almost always adhered to what could broadly be agreed to be Left-​wing thinking. It becomes about reclaiming thrift for the Left regardless of one’s primary motivation. This is no simple task, as many if not most on the political Left have understandably despised thrift (as frugality) historically. Perhaps most famously, Oscar Wilde’s previously quoted take on it is worth repeating here

in A brief history of thrift
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These Englands – a conversation on national identity
Arthur Aughey and Christine Berberich

can speak all you like but you will only be listened to when you say what the powerful wish to hear. As Oscar Wilde said, ‘I delight in talking politics. I talk them all day. But I can’t bear listening to them’ (cited in Gambetta, 1998 : 19). Oakeshott’s use of the term, as one would expect, is more subtle and complex. We argue that to say anything meaningful about Englishness as conversation, as it is implied in the frequent use of that

in These Englands
Frederick H. White

figures such as Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), I am attempting the first tentative steps towards an evaluation of Andreev’s role in this cultural discourse. After all, a comprehensive reexamination of Russian decadence would necessitate an entire monograph of its own. Nonetheless, just as Wilde came to represent English decadence and social mores, Andreev could be similarly understood as a representative of Russian national concerns at the beginning of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, Soviet scholarship did not embrace a Russian decadent period, while Western scholars

in Degeneration, decadence and disease in the Russian fin de siècle
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Haggard, Stoker and Wilde
Andrew Smith

be usefully counterpointed with that of Oscar Wilde, whose discussions about art, death and the imagination provide an alternative way of thinking about love in the period. The following brief discussion of The Picture of Dorian Gray also helps to situate the novel within a scientific context that will be addressed further in the following chapter . Dorian Gray and the

in Gothic death 1740–1914
Sarah Annes Brown

once wrote a ‘little story’ (about doubles of course) ‘in the Oscar Wilde style’, a story which dwells at great length, incidentally, on the muscular appeal of a young sailor’s torso. 11 It is possible that Hermann has read how reports of stained sheets were used to build the prosecution case against Wilde. Indeed Hermann comes very close to recognising a possible sexual basis for his interest in

in A familiar compound ghost
Nigel Mather

of the ending, though, is that he too will settle down and probably marry Rosalind. Filmed versions of plays by Oscar Wilde, Terence Rattigan and George Bernard Shaw released during the 1950s contributed to the development of a strand of British film production which might be classified as ‘drawing-room’ comedies, narratives which tended to present love as a form of endless verbal sparring, taking place between characters

in Tears of laughter
Ronald Hyam

militant and promiscuous. 50 In 1889 flogging was introduced for homosexual solicitation. There were a number of unsavoury scandals. These involved high Dublin Castle officials (1884), London telegraph boys and aristocrats (Cleveland Street, 1889-90), Piccadilly rent boys, street vendors, valets and unemployed stable lads in the scandal concerning Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas (1895). A. C. Benson

in Empire and sexuality
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Maude Casey

Shakespeare was to become a stock figure on the English stage. This abject depiction of the Irish clashed with another view. For English Literature ‘O’ and ‘A’ level courses at school, I read writers, lauded by my teachers, whom I knew to be Irish. The patterns of their syntax, their vocabulary and imagery, were as familiar to me as water. The language of Joyce felt like mine. I’d known Oscar Wilde and his mother, the poet Speranza, since childhood. The Brontë sisters’ Irish father had changed his name in order to get on in England. In Heathcliff, Emily created the abused

in The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain