The Gothic genre, classical allusion and other influences in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

This article will outline the aspects of influence and allusion in the novel, with reference to Victorian Gothic, classical mythology, the psychological double, monster theory, the Faustian bargain, the mask and a prominent memento mori in Huysmans' A Rebours, his description of Rodolphe Bresdi...

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Published in: Literator Vol. 42; no. 1; pp. e1 - e7
Main Author: Robinson, David E
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Potchefstroom African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS 01-01-2021
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Summary: This article will outline the aspects of influence and allusion in the novel, with reference to Victorian Gothic, classical mythology, the psychological double, monster theory, the Faustian bargain, the mask and a prominent memento mori in Huysmans' A Rebours, his description of Rodolphe Bresdin's lithograph, 'The Comedy of Death'. Wilde's novel is a complex, multi-layered text, and a richer, more profound understanding of it becomes possible when it is situated within this context of influence and allusion.
ISSN: 0258-2279
2219-8237
DOI: 10.4102/lit.v42i1.1737