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New lecture series on Oscar Wilde, his life, his works and his philosophy delivered by Dr Sos Eltis, lecturer in English

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New lecture series on Oscar Wilde, his life, his works and his philosophy delivered by Dr Sos Eltis, lecturer in English

    5. Wilde's Plays

    5. Wilde's Plays

    Fifth lecture in the Osar Wilde series. Sos Eltis talks about Oscar Wilde's plays including an Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Ernest and A Woman of No Importance. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 59 min
    4. Wilde and Sexuality

    4. Wilde and Sexuality

    Fourth lecture in the Oscar Wilde series. Looking at Wilde's sexuality and how it influenced his literature. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 57 min
    4. Wilde and Sexuality (Transcript)

    4. Wilde and Sexuality (Transcript)

    Fourth lecture in the Oscar Wilde series. Looking at Wilde's sexuality and how it influenced his literature. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    4. Wilde and Sexuality (Transcript)

    4. Wilde and Sexuality (Transcript)

    Fourth lecture in the Oscar Wilde series. Looking at Wilde's sexuality and how it influenced his literature. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    3. Art and Morality

    3. Art and Morality

    Sos Eltis gives the third lecture in the series on Oscar Wilde, focussing on Wilde's concept of morality shown in his works including the Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and The Devoted Friend. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 58 min
    3. Art and Morality (Transcript)

    3. Art and Morality (Transcript)

    Sos Eltis gives the third lecture in the series on Oscar Wilde, focussing on Wilde's concept of morality shown in his works including the Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and The Devoted Friend. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Hrrjordan ,

Beautiful

I really enjoyed these lectures. I even read The Soul of Man and De Profundis after listening.

space.snail ,

Going Wilde

This is a truly excellent lecture series on the subject of Oscar Wilde, given by an engaging and enthusiastic lecturer. To be sure, there are a few audio issues, especially in the 4th episode, but that is always a risk of recording anything live.

Regardless of these few issues, the content of this series is nothing short of brilliant, with vital insights into the character of Wilde, his politics, and most importantly his works. This series is a necessity for anyone seeking to understand Oscar Wilde, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

jazzy898 ,

Eltis sucessfully engages through discussion of the enigmatic Wilde.

These lectures are most definitely among my favorite, seeing as Oscar Wilde has always been an intruiging literary figure to me.
Being a fairly young student (and fairly new to Wilde's works), I've reached a great epiphany through these discussions in regards to my uncertainty on the topic of "Wilde, the man". The realization was that there is no definitive way to analyze this man's profound works of literature- the ambiguity and mystique are what make Wilde such a controversial literary icon. Every reader will have different experiences and perceptions of Oscar Wilde. He was a great artist and existed within his life bearing the copious burden of intense scrutiny deriving from Victorian society. As Wilde himself said, "It is the spectator, and not life, that art mirrors". You, the individual, will experience Wilde in your own right; and will create projections upon what you believe to be 'symbolic'. It is through these projections which you will learn more about YOU than you will ever learn about Wilde. This is exactly what Wilde intended. To be obscure and to the blur lines; to challenge reality from fiction, fact from lie, and art from life. Eltis's analysis is riveting- these lectures are most definitely worth a lesson.

I am constantly reminded of how much I so desperately desire to attend Oxford... what a course!

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