Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

8-2001

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair

Chris Willerton

Second Committee Member

Steve Weathers

Third Committee Member

Gay Barton

Abstract

This thesis examines Oscar Wilde's construction of the self. Three major aspects of Wildean literary work serve as handles for this thesis examination. They are the Wildean interpretation of theoria, Wilde's literary technique and philosophical assertion of masks and poses and Wilde's favor of the social dandy.

In addition to these three aspects, this thesis utilizes four of Wilde's works as primary sources. These are The Pictureo f Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, "The Decay of Lying," and "The Critic as Artist."

Like most current critiques of Wilde, this thesis relies on many of the reading strategies of postmodern criticism. Additionally, this study takes into account the overall critical history and personal biography of Wilde.

Finally, this thesis asserts that Wilde's constructed self is a self that is multiessenced and, therefore, in direct conflict with the traditional Western notion of the self.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank my committee members for the time and effort they have spent working with me on this project. Special thanks goes to my committee chair for his enthusiasm about the issues addressed by this thesis and for his guidance in the research and development of the original idea.

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