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Oscar Wilde - a critique of the Victorian upper-class: an analysis of "Lady Windermere's Fan", "A Woman of No Importance", "An Ideal Husband" and "The Importance of Being Earnest"
2000 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay attempts to determine whether Oscar Wilde used his plays as a means of criticising the Victorian upper-class. Chapter one gives an insight into the beliefs prevalent at that time, as well as an account of Oscar Wilde's life and philosophical views. Reference is also made to political and literary theories. Chapter two looks at "Lady Windermere's Fan" and "An Ideal Husband" as regards criticism of social mores and subversion of conventional Victorian morality. Chapter three focuses on Wilde's promotion of sexual equality with Feminism as a central point, in "A Woman of No Importance" and "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Oscar Wilde, Victorian Society, Feminism, Herbert Spencer, aestheticism, effeminacy
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-45101ISRN: LTU-CUPP--00/82--SELocal ID: 2d523468-3d0e-44d7-8dcf-be48fc22715eOAI: diva2:1018381
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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