1. The Picture of Dorian Gray: slipstream, fabulism, magical realism?

    What say you, Tumblr? I’m considering doing my final paper in LGBTQ Lit on The Picture of Dorian Gray as a slipsteam or fabulist/magical realist text. Would you agree with any of these? To what degree do you think fabulism and magical realism should be separated?

    I’m also considering taking a look at the influence of Greek philosophy on Wilde’s work (Dorian Gray in particular) or sort of a Victorian intersectional analysis and what that means for the novel.

    Ideas? Sources?


  2. Procrastination is eventually going to kill me.

    I’ve finished one page of a four-page paper on DuBois’ criticism of Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Exposition Address,” due tomorrow. I’ve got two more four-page papers due on the 26th, a six-page paper on “The Turn of the Screw” on May 1, a proposal and annotated bibliography for LGBTQ Lit due next Tuesday, I believe, and then that paper sometime in May as well as revisions of six poems and a revision of one of my CNF pieces.

    Can I die yet?

    Also, no one had any opinions on my Oscar Wilde question? I’d really like peoples’ thoughts on it heh. Or maybe no one knows what the hell I’m talking about?

    Jeff Ott sent me a picture of the Morton Salt plant in Utah on Facebook. Jeff Ott knows I love Jawbreaker.


  3. Help me narrow down my list of potential paper topics, please!

    My final paper for Lesbian and Gay Literature is coming up and I really need to decide on a topic (mostly because my proposal and annotated bibliography are due next week.) This paper is only 3000 words long, but I’d like to try to pick a topic that I can use as sort of a working thesis and stick with it through college. I’d also like one that won’t be impossible to research using existing articles and such.

    Topics (some of these need some thought and rephrasing, I know, and all of them will focus on The Picture of Dorian Gray):

    • The influence of Greek philosophy on Oscar Wilde’s work
    • Dorian Gray as autobiography or fictionalized memoir
    • The politics of age in Victorian England
    • Dorian Gray as a fabulist, magical realist, or slipstream text
    • Doubling and elements of the gothic
    • Gender and relationships in Victorian England
    • Intersections of class and sexuality in Victorian England
    • The climate of silence and censorship in Victorian England
    • Meaning versus artifice (an aesthetic reading)
    • Biblical elements in Dorian Gray

    Favorites? Suggestions? Articles you think I should check out?

  4. "A Century Apart: The Personality Performances of Oscar Wilde in the 1890s and U2’s Bono in the 1990s."

    Ramert, Lynn. Popular Music & Society, Oct2009, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p447-460, 14p; DOI: 10.1080/03007760802217584

    This has nothing to do with any of my paper topics, but I’m making sure to read it anyway. I need to write a similar piece on Morrissey. Perhaps that’s my future thesis.


  5. tonysboypussy:


    • where does dorian gray buy his clothes?
    • at forever 21


    (via danger-du-mont)


  6. In Victorian England, gender roles were asserted mainly through dress and social behavior; however, dandyism and aestheticism served to subvert a number of these gendered norms. In the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, there are aspects of class and subversive gender performances that dictate the relationships between the characters of Basil, Dorian, and Lord Henry, as well as the way they navigate their world and interact with other characters. By examining these performances, relationships, and intersectionalities, we can better understand the historical context for the novel. In order to thoroughly build this context, I will discuss the roles of gender and sexuality in Victorian England, the effects of class on gender and sexuality in Victorian England, the way dandies performed these things, aestheticism and what it means for the novel, and Oscar Wilde’s own performances of gender and sexuality, as well as his role as an aesthetic writer.

    Here’s that paper I did on The Picture of Dorian Gray for Lesbian and Gay Literature last semester, in case you’re interested in that sort of thing. It’s incredibly far from perfect, but it got me an A and it’s something to work on in the future.


  7. zuriich:

    Included in the preface to Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the now famous and often misconstrued line, “All art is quite useless.” Following the novel’s original publication in 1890, an intrigued fan named Bernulf Clegg wrote to Wilde and asked him to elaborate; he did so, by way of the handwritten letter seen below.

    “My dear Sir

    Art is useless because its aim is simply to create a mood. It is not meant to instruct, or to influence action in any way. It is superbly sterile, and the note of its pleasure is sterility. If the contemplation of a work of art is followed by activity of any kind, the work is either of a very second-rate order, or the spectator has failed to realise the complete artistic impression.

    A work of art is useless as a flower is useless. A flower blossoms for its own joy. We gain a moment of joy by looking at it. That is all that is to be said about our relations to flowers. Of course man may sell the flower, and so make it useful to him, but this has nothing to do with the flower. It is not part of its essence. It is accidental. It is a misuse. All this is I fear very obscure. But the subject is a long one.

    Truly yours,

    Oscar Wilde”




  9. No one even got that stupid English joke earlier, did they? Dickinson? Anyone? Whatever.

    Halfway through Shakespeare tonight, I started having some of the worst cramps of my life and couldn’t concentrate or sit still, but some senior who’s going off for a PhD with a full-ride next year was presenting a paper he did on Henry V and I got all stoked on the idea of doing papers on Wilde again and then wanted to cry because I can’t afford my Wilde portrait tattoo yet and realized why I’m still an English major, no matter how miserable I am.


  10. It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
    — Oscar Wilde

    (Source: the-devils-wishes)