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Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood by Joseph Bristow


Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood by Joseph Bristow

This is the first collection of critical essays that explores Oscar Wilde's interest in children's culture, whether in relation to his famous fairy stories, his life as a caring father to two small boys, his place as a defender of children's rights within the prison system, his fascination with youthful beauty, and his theological contemplation of what it means to be a child in the eyes of God. The collection also examines the ways in which Wilde's works-not just his fairy stories-have been adapted for young audiences.

About the Author

Joseph Bristow is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. His recent books include a study co-authored with Rebecca N. Mitchell, Oscar Wilde's Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery (2015) and a collection of critical essays coedited with Josephine McDonagh (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). His critical essays have recently appeared in ELH, Etudes Anglaises, and the Review of English Studies, and also in several collections, including The Porn Archives (2014) and Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity (2017).

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Publication date

22nd September 2017


Joseph Bristow

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Springer International Publishing AG


243 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
ChildrenÍs & teenage literature studies
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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