Au Contraire Mon Fr?re : The Paradox of Plagiarism and Creativity in the Works of Oscar Wilde

  • 尚 馬修

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This thesis is long conceived out of a desire to explain Oscar Wilde’s literary work in relation to his creativity and conscious imitation of other writers in theme style and subject matter Imitation and its related issues recur and permeate throughout Wilde’s life and his oeuvre However to what extent was he purposely imitating? Furthermore how creative were his contributions? In terms of his life career and literary reputation Oscar Wilde was and continues to be somewhat of a literary megastar Richard Ellmann’s rightfully famous biography on the writer paints a thorough picture of his life This thesis also begins with a brief description of Wilde’s extremely well educated background; for example he grew up in a loquacious family household and was exposed to the sophisticated conversations between his prophetic mother and her peers At once turning to Wilde’s singular novel the thesis then examines a number of examples that focus on the fundamental concept of threes often used in literature throughout the ages To add I briefly attempt a proposition that contrasts the three main characters in the novel with the Holy Trinity namely the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit Following is a more obvious treatise that claims Wilde’s novel appropriated story elements from Melmouth the Wanderer The earliest biographies on Wilde did no better than to focus on his immorality thereby ‘milking’ in a way their dislike resulting from accusations of plagiarism and imitation For years Wilde’s first book of poetry was seen to be similarly stylized to that of Keats And his later poems are uniquely influenced by French symbolists and more Finally Wilde’s fairytales are so inventively close to the traditional form that they beg a closer look
Date of Award2016 Feb 16
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMin-tser Lin (Supervisor)

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