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Oscar Wilde and the Radical Politics of the Fin de Siécle$
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Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474459433

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474459433.001.0001

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Introduction: Wilde and Politics

Introduction: Wilde and Politics

(p.1) Introduction: Wilde and Politics
(p.iii) Oscar Wilde and the Radical Politics of the Fin de Siècle

Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Edinburgh University Press

Addressing the political dimensions of Wilde’s aesthetic practice, the introduction to this monograph assesses his place within the discrete material and political culture of the fin de siècle. Contrary to contemporary representations of Wilde as effete, it explains how his aesthetic radicalism was informed by and contributed to a broader set of progressive political initiatives. It historicises his place within the progressive literary-political scene of the 1880s and 1890s by pointing to his personal and ideological connections with socialists, anarchists and Irish separatists.

Keywords:   Wilde, Anarchism, Socialism, Aestheticism, Culture, Fin de siècle

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