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Title: Victorian aestheticism and decadence in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’
Authors: Cauchi, Glenn
Keywords: Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Picture of Dorian Gray -- Criticism and interpretation
Aestheticism (Literature)
Appearance (Philosophy) -- Fiction
Conduct of life -- Fiction
Portraits -- Fiction
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to make the reader aware of both aestheticism and decadence as two equally important artistic movements in the late Victorian era, most notably, at the fin-de-siècle. It will also shed light on Irish playwright and writer Oscar Wilde and his theories in relation to these movements. This investigation is carried out through close analysis of Wilde's only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Furthermore, oblique autobiographical elements will be integrated in connection to the novel, including the author's treacherous love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, and subsequent imprisonment. Substantial reference to who is considered to be the father of British aestheticism Walter Pater will also be incorporated, as well as other aesthetic and decadent figures that will be worth mentioning, including (but not limited to) Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier and Aubrey Beardsley. This will provide the theoretical framework against which the novel is read.
Description: B.A.(HONS)ENGLISH
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArt - 2017
Dissertations - FacArtEng - 2017

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