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Resurrection of Oscar Wilde: A Cultural…

Resurrection of Oscar Wilde: A Cultural Afterlife

by Julia Wood

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Between 1995 and 2000 a number of events took place to commemorate the centenaries of Oscar Wilde's conviction for gross indecency in London and his death in Paris. This absorbing book examines five of these commemorations, the consecration of a window in Wilde's honour in Poet's Corner, Peter Tatchell's campaign for a Royal Pardon, the 1997 film Wilde, the unveiling of Maggi Hambling's statue of Wilde in Adelaide Street, and the public gatherings on the centenary of his death. Through these events the author explores the ways in which Wilde's life and legacy continue to influence communities in Britain and throughout the world. Grounded in an impressive range of critical scholarship, this work offers a unique and personal approach springing from the author's participation in several commemorations. The reader is introduced to Wilde's legacy not simply as a wit, author and playwright, but also as a symbol and source of inspiration for a range of communities. Wood examines material, ranging from contemporary accounts of Wilde's life and trial through to internet discussion groups, in an engaging and thought-provoking style to demonstrate the on-going cultural impact of the tragedy of Oscar Wilde. Julia Wood has lectured in philosophy and literature. She has published articles in 'The Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies', 'The Pink Paper' and 'Philosopher's Magazine'. She has featured on ITV's 'This Morning', and has been interviewed by 'The Independent', 'The Daily Mail' and 'Woman Magazine'.

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