Critical Insights: Oscar Wilde Review

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for October 2020

“Part of the "Critical Insights" series, this volume presents an interesting collection of scholarly approaches to the multifaceted life and works of Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), perhaps the most famous and influential representative of the European "l'art pour l'art" decadence movement. The 19 essays average 14 pages in length, each including notes and a works cited list. Roden (Univ. of Connecticut, Stamford) arranges the essays in three sections: an introduction (two essays), "Critical Context" (four essays), and "Critical Readings" (13 essays)… The book's concluding "resources" section is dominated by a 15-page index, which is preceded by a 4-page chronology, two select bibliographies (works by and about Wilde), and notes about the contributors. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates...”