Dialogue and leisure at the Fin de Siècle

Womack, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4995-1902 (2013) Dialogue and leisure at the Fin de Siècle. Cambridge Quarterly, 42 (2). pp. 134-156. ISSN 0008-199X

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Through both their arguments and their form, Oscar Wilde's quasi-Socratic dialogues, The Decay of Lying and The Critic as Artist, articulate a conscious anti-work ethic, an ideology of leisure. The historical roots of this discourse extend through the nineteenth century in complicated ways, connecting with the institutional history of Oxford, the poetics of dialogue form itself, the cultural implications of Victorian homosexuality, and the contradictions of British capitalism in its imperial moment. These fastidiously playful texts therefore enable us to explore the importance of being idle, amateurish and unproductive.

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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 12:00
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URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60776
DOI: 10.1093/camqtly/bft018

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