In what ways can Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray be seen as an "Irish national tale"?
A particularly detailed discussion of Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as an “Irish national tale” has been offered by Maureen O’Connor (see link below). O’Connor begins by asserting that it
has become increasingly common to link Oscar Wilde’s self-identification as Irish to his radically oppositional stance vis-à-vis late-Victorian Britain. (194)
In other words, critics and scholars increasingly assume that because Wilde thought of himself as Irish during a time when Ireland was oppressed and dominated by Britain, he may have rebelled against other kinds of oppression and domination, particularly any kinds associated with conventional British morality of the late nineteenth century.
According to O’Connor, Wilde saw Ireland mainly as an imaginary place – a...
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