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Title Comic Effects in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Author Stefanie Grill
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2007-09
Category
Total Pages 36
ISBN 9783638756242
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7 (A-), University of Stuttgart (FB Anglistics), course: Critical Analysis: Comedy, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "The Importance of Being Earnest" was written by the famous Irish author Oscar Wilde. Wilde was born in 1854 and died of cerebral meningitis in 1900. "The Importance of Being Earnest" was his final and most lasting play - "by all accounts, a masterpiece of modern comedy."1 This play is filled with wit and wisdom, which Wilde himself wrote of it, too. "Well I think, an amusing thing with lots of fun and wit might be made."2 It represents Wildes late -Victorian view of the aristocracy, marriage, wit and social life. The play tells the story of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. Both men lead a double life. One in the country and one in the city. Then, they both fall in love, and a series of crises threatens to spoil their romantic pursuits. The main plot line of the play is definitely marriage. "Of course Wilde pokes fun at the institution of marriage, which he saw as a practice surrounded by hypocrisy and absurdity."2 He focuses on the higher class and satirises the life of the English aristocracy. His characters are typical Victorian snobs who are arrogant, overly proper, formal and concerned with money. This essay will provide an outline of the comic effects in this play. How Wilde uses humour, satire, farce and irony. The analysis will show, what makes this comedy so funny and so special. The essay will show some combinations of dialogue, dramatic irony, social criticism, characterisation and exaggeration and it will prove that the dialogues with its puns and epigrams are the basis for the humour in Wildes last play."

Title Mechanisms of the comic effect in Oscar Wilde s The importance of being earnest An analysis according to Henry Bergson and Arthur Koestler
Author Andreas Glombitza
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2004-01-19
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 17
ISBN 9783638246590
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1 (A), University of Tubingen (New Philology), course: Introduction to Literary Studies: Drama, 3 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Oscar Wilde′s "The Importance of Being Earnest" was on stage for the first time in 1895. Since then, it seems to have lost nothing of its wit. People still consider it funny, when Algernon and Jack, both alias Ernest, bend the truth to jazz up their lives, ending up with seri-ous problems. But what is it actually that made, that still makes Wilde′s play funny? What is the connection between a certain reply from Algernon or Lady Bracknell and the audience or reader trem-bling with laughter (or at least smiling)? This paper will be concerned with the question whether it is possible to trace all of Wilde′s comical devices, perhaps even all possible forms of humour, back to one basic "recipe of laughter". People tried to do this, although the matter seems to be extremely complicated. Who has not yet experienced the embarrassment, while trying to explain a pun or joke to somebody who did not get it on the first time: the comical element slips through your fingers like water and soon seems to have never existed, although it has caused audible and visible effect, namely laughter, a moment before. We will start from what the philosopher Henry Bergson found out about mechanisms of the comic effect and see if his theory accounts for Wilde′s play being comical. Later I want to outline the theory of bisociation, which Arthur Koestler brought up, and finally analyze the play along the lines of the theoretical apparatus he developed. Throughout the second chapter I will show that both theories will break down if confronted with certain forms of the comic element.

Title The Importance of Being Earnest Annotated
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2021-02-07
Category
Total Pages 102
ISBN 9798705902279
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Some contemporary reviews praised the play's humour and the culmination of Wilde's artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play."

Title The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Fiona Gregory
Publisher Insight Publications
Release Date 2012-01-10
Category Education
Total Pages 72
ISBN 9781921411007
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Insight Study Guides are written by experts and cover a range of popular literature, plays and films. Designed to provide insight and an overview about each text for students and teachers, these guides endeavor to develop knowledge and understanding rather than just provide answers and summaries.

Title The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Broadview Press
Release Date 2009-11-13
Category Drama
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781551116945
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Importance of Being Earnest marks a central moment in late-Victorian literature, not only for its wit but also for its role in the shift from a Victorian to a Modern consciousness. The play began its career as a biting satire directed at the very audience who received it so delightedly, but ended its initial run as a harbinger of Wilde’s personal downfall when his lover’s father, who would later bring about Wilde’s arrest and imprisonment, attempted to disrupt the production. In addition to its focus on the textual history of the play, this Broadview Edition of Earnest provides a wide array of appendices. The edition locates Wilde’s work among the artistic and cultural contexts of the late nineteenth century and will provide scholars, students, and general readers with an important sourcebook for the play and the social, creative, and critical contexts of mid-1890s English life.

Title The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Oxford Paperbacks
Release Date 2008-04-17
Category Drama
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780199535972
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Title On Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Mareike Paulun
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2011-09-28
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 14
ISBN 9783656016922
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 3,0, University of Mannheim, language: English, abstract: This paper will identify certain types of characters of the upper-class and relate them to the developments of the gender role in the Victorian era. Going along with it the men ́s different attitudes towards marriage as a constantly present issue in the play will be illustrated and compared to the points of view that dominated the high society in that time. Wilde refers to many more social habits and temporary fashions which however shall not be part of this paper.

Linguistica by Anonim

Title Linguistica
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1980
Category Linguistics
Total Pages 86
ISBN IND:30000126714041
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Title An Ideal Husband
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1899
Category English drama (Comedy)
Total Pages 213
ISBN HARVARD:32044048592679
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours."Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play.

Title Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Harold Bloom
Publisher Chelsea House
Release Date 1988
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 160
ISBN UCSC:32106007975375
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A collection of critical essays on Wilde's comedic play "The Importance of Being Earnest" arranged in chronological order of publication.

A Glossary Of Literary Terms by Meyer Howard Abrams

Title A Glossary of Literary Terms
Author Meyer Howard Abrams
Publisher Wadsworth Publishing Company
Release Date 1993
Category Criticism
Total Pages 301
ISBN UOM:39015032734892
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book defines and discusses terms, critical theories, and points of view that are commonly applied to the classification, analysis, interpretation, and history of works of literature.--[from preface].

Lady Windermere S Fan by Oscar Wilde

Title Lady Windermere s Fan
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 1995
Category Religion
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780198121671
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This series presents students with a library of outstanding plays, many of which are otherwise unobtainable, or available only in out-of-date or unannotated editions. The texts are newly edited, with modernized spelling and punctuation where appropriate; and there are scholarly introductions and annotation. Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s, and retain their power today. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. Wilde's final dramatic triumph was his 'trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest, arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English.

Modern Theatre Practice by Hubert C. Heffner

Title Modern Theatre Practice
Author Hubert C. Heffner
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1973
Category Amateur plays
Total Pages 660
ISBN PSU:000010634974
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Handbook of Literary Terms
Author X. J. Kennedy
Publisher Longman Publishing Group
Release Date 2005
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 165
ISBN PSU:000056863758
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A practical, instructive, and comprehensive guide to the language of literary study, Kennedy'sA Handbook of Literary Terms is a reference manual that aims to demystify literature and the techniques literary scholars use. Over 400 entries. Clear, concise, and accessible definitions of key literary terms. Visual material supports explanations. Those interested in the study of literature and the vocabulary of literary inquiry.

Title The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author Junot Daz
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2008
Category Fiction
Total Pages 339
ISBN 9781594483295
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.

Title Gender Roles and Female Power in Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Anonim
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2020-03-17
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 8
ISBN 9783346132192
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Essay from the year 2019 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Amsterdam, language: English, abstract: Oscar Wilde's plays are characterized by satirical wit that exposes and derides the norms, values and believes of Victorian society. Although it could be argued that his comedies were mainly designed to amuse the aristocratic audience, his characters challenge the dominate gender roles in a revolutionary way. In her article "Gender roles in the 19th century," Kathryn Hughes explains, that "during the Victorian period men and women's roles became more sharply defined than at any time in history." It can be said that the clear division of two gender roles is created by a social system and the prevailing cultural beliefs of a society.

Drama by Theodore W. Hatlen

Title Drama
Author Theodore W. Hatlen
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1967
Category Drama
Total Pages 522
ISBN UCAL:B3556408
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
Author Ruth Robbins
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1999
Category
Total Pages 112
ISBN 0582414709
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Key Features: Study methods Introduction to the text Summaries with critical notes Themes and techniques Textual analysis of key passages Author biography Historical and literary background Modern and historical critical approaches Chronology Glossary of literary terms

Title Pinter s The Birthday Party and Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest a Comparison
Author Julia Pastak geb. Kupfer
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2007-11
Category
Total Pages 36
ISBN 9783638810166
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik /Amerikanisitik), course: Expressionism and theatre of the absurd, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: Double spaced, abstract: It seems that the Theatre of the Absurd is not considered as civil theatre and that means that there must be big differences between the drama we know from Shakespeare or other famous authors and the work of Beckett and his companions. This work is going to define the differences between a classic drama (a comedy) and a modern drama (theatre of the absurd) and it will make them clear using examples from both "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Birthday Party" written by Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter, respectively.