Aesthetic Morality and Intertextuality of Oscar Wilde's THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES

Kirvalidze, Nino and Samnidze, Nino (2018) Aesthetic Morality and Intertextuality of Oscar Wilde's THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 11 (01). pp. 343-356. ISSN 1944-6934

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The paper is devoted to the linguocultural study of Oscar Wilde’s literary tales which are genre-stylistically associated with both fairy tales and short stories. We consider The Happy Prince and Other Tales as a cycle of thematically interconnected texts, where imagination/ fantasy merges into reality thus aesthetically depicting the bipolar morality of the late 19-th century English society with its virtues and vices. Linguocultural analysis of these tales has enabled us to present Oscar Wilde in a new light - as a moralist who, underneath the masks and poses of amoral hedonism and other latent evil impulses hidden in The Picture of Dorian Gray, aspires to preach kindness, love, self-sacrifice and compassion for the poor rather than to promote selfishness, ambition, self-admiration, self-conceit and practicism. Moreover, in The Happy Prince Oscar Wilde, who is generally known as the father of the English decadence literature and an aesthete guided by the doctrine Art for Art’s Sake, appears to believe in the eternity of the inherently moral nature of art. In fact, the self-sacrifice of the protagonist duet of the statue of the Happy Prince and the swallow symbolizes the motto Art for People’s Sake. Wilde’s consistent indictment of vices, his celebration of love as well as his compassion and self-sacrifice for the sake of others are evident in the rest of the fairy tales that he himself integrated in one book together with The Happy Prince.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PJ Anglistics
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties/Schools > Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Nino Kirvalidze
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 08:27
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 08:27

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