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

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 On Oscar Wilde s the Importance of Being Earnest
Author Mareike Paulun
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2013-09
Category
Total Pages 12
ISBN 9783656017257
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 mens 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."

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."

Oscar Wilde by Christopher S. Nassaar

Title Oscar Wilde
Author Christopher S. Nassaar
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1980
Category
Total Pages 64
ISBN 058202272X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Prestwick House Inc
Release Date 2005
Category Drama
Total Pages 75
ISBN 158049580X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader!=s notes to help the modern reader appreciate Wilde's wry wit and elaborate plot twists.Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers? entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack's ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack's country home on the same weekend'the "rivals" to fight for Ernest's undivided attention and the "Ernests" to claim their beloveds'pandemonium breaks loose.Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day

Title The Importance of Being Earnest
Author Peter Raby
Publisher Macmillan Reference USA
Release Date 1995
Category Fiction
Total Pages 117
ISBN STANFORD:36105016295763
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Analyzes both the social context and the literary artistry of Oscar Wilde's comedic 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 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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Book Summary:

Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Oscar Wilde by Christopher S.. Nassaar

Title Oscar Wilde
Author Christopher S.. Nassaar
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1987
Category
Total Pages 64
ISBN 0582023149
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Penguin Group
Release Date 1986
Category Drama
Total Pages 347
ISBN STANFORD:36105004556200
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Lady Windermere's fan - A Woman of no importance - An ideal husband - Salome_______________

Title Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Making fun of Victorian values and society and parodying dramatic conventions
Author Bernadette Wonner
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2004-01-09
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 17
ISBN 9783638243667
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), LMU Munich (Anglistics), course: Advanced Seminar Literature Studies, 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Die Arbeit untersucht, inwieweit Oscar Wildes Stück die Werte des Viktorianischen Zeitalters satirisch beleuchtet und dabei auch mit den damals gängigen dramatischen Konventionen bricht.

Title The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde
Author Stephen Raby
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1997-10-16
Category Drama
Total Pages 307
ISBN 0521479878
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Introduction to one of the theatre's most important and enigmatic writers.

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.

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 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.

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Title Hedda Gabler
Author Henrik Ibsen
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release Date 2012-05-23
Category Drama
Total Pages 80
ISBN 9780486111773
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This dark psychological drama depicts the evil machinations of a ruthless, nihilistic heroine. Readers will discover an exploration of the nature of evil and the tragedy that lies in human frailty.

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Title Top Girls
Author Caryl Churchill
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2018-02-22
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9781350028593
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Marlene thinks the eighties are going to be stupendous. Her sister Joyce has her doubts. Her daughter Angie is just frightened. Since its premiere in 1982, Top Girls has become a seminal play of the modern theatre. Set during a period of British politics dominated by the presence of the newly elected Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Churchill's play prompts us to question our notions of women's success and solidarity. Its sharp look at the society and politics of the 1980s is combined with a timeless examination of women's choices and restrictions regarding career and family. This new Student Edition features an introduction by Sophie Bush, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK prepared with the contemporary student in mind. METHUEN DRAMA STUDENT EDITIONS are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. A well as the complete text of the play itself, this volume contains: · A chronology of the play and the playwright's life and work · an introductory discussion of the social, political, cultural and economic context in which the play was originally conceived and created · a succinct overview of the creation processes followed and subsequent performance history of the piece · an analysis of, and commentary on, some of the major themes and specific issues addressed by the text · a bibliography of suggested primary and secondary materials for further study.

The Plays by Oscar Wilde

Title The Plays
Author Oscar Wilde
Publisher Franklin Classics
Release Date 2018-10-14
Category
Total Pages 196
ISBN 034303994X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Title The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde
Author Stephen Raby
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1997-10-16
Category Drama
Total Pages 307
ISBN 0521479878
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Introduction to one of the theatre's most important and enigmatic writers.