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The terrorist, the artist and the citizen: Oscar Wilde and Vera
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English. (English Literature)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1917-4882
2014 (English)In: Journal for Cultural Research, ISSN 1479-7585, E-ISSN 1740-1666, ISSN 1479-7585, Vol. 18, no 2, 146-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article links Oscar Wilde’s prose writings with his earliest drama Vera, or The Nihilists (1880, rev., 1883) and suggests how the idea of terrorism and political violence was a spectacle and threat that Wilde acknowledged and encompassed in his writing and thought. I discuss Wilde’s adoption of a Hegelian view of the development of civilisation and suggest that during his 1895 trials he cast himself self-consciously as at once agitator and scapegoat, finding that his own life had come to imitate his art though not in the ways with which we are commonly familiar. Modern terrorism from its roots in 1870s Russian political unrest is recognised as both a new force and a familiar fantasy which shapes literature.

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Taylor, 2014. Vol. 18, no 2, 146-157 p.
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Oscar Wilde, terrorism, Hegel, Vera
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279239DOI: 10.1080/14797585.2013.851851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279239DiVA: diva2:907720
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