Tame Passions of Wilde: The Styles of Manageable Desire

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What if our strongest urges could be divested of their power to compel yet retain their power to fascinate us? What if our most basic appetites could be translated from the realm of bodily necessity to the sphere of artistic freedom? Jeff Nunokawa traces the variety of social pressures that inspired Oscar Wilde's lifelong effort to concoct forms of desire that thrill without menacing us, as well as the alchemies by which he sought to do so. Assigning Wilde a place of honor in a heady company of thinkers drawn from the ...

Tame Passions of Wilde: The Styles of Manageable Desire 2003, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691113807

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