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'(Re)Hibernicizing Wilde? A Genetic Analysis of The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Kandola, S (2016) '(Re)Hibernicizing Wilde? A Genetic Analysis of The Picture of Dorian Gray'. Irish Studies Review, 24 (3). pp. 351-369. ISSN 1469-9303

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Abstract

The controversy surrounding the integrity and originality of Harvard University Press’s unexpurgated version of Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in 2011 has underlined the timeliness and necessity of further genetic critique of Wilde’s only novel and attendant ephemera. By undertaking a genetic reading of the three versions of this text now available to us, this article examines how Wilde’s letters, poetry, lectures and reviews that precede the novel reveal an intensification of Wilde’s nationalism and anti-imperialism in the run up to its publication. In particular, the article uncovers the differing impact of the Parnell scandal and the Land Wars on the different versions of the novel and also reads the abject scenes of imperial predation set in the London docks as Wilde’s meditation on Ireland’s contested colonial status within the United Kingdom and the global system of exploitation driving ‘The Great Game of Empire’ per se.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Irish Studies Review on 1 August 2016, available online http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09670882.2016.1189142
Uncontrolled Keywords: 20 Language, Communication And Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 14:32
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 10:26
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/09670882.2016.1189142
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3411

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