All Roads Lead to Rome?: Decadence, Paganism and Catholicism in the Later Life of Oscar Wilde

Malik, S. (2014) All Roads Lead to Rome?: Decadence, Paganism and Catholicism in the Later Life of Oscar Wilde. Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, 80 .

Author Malik, S.
Title All Roads Lead to Rome?: Decadence, Paganism and Catholicism in the Later Life of Oscar Wilde
Journal name Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens
ISSN 2271-6149
Publication date 2014-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 80
Total pages 15
Place of publication Montpellier France
Publisher Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée
Language eng
Abstract This article examines paganism, Catholicism and decadence in the life and letters of the writer and wit Oscar Wilde, focusing in particular on the period after his release from Reading Gaol. In his travels through France and Italy between 1897 and 1900, Wilde labels the behaviour that led to his imprisonment as belonging to his decadent ‘pagan days’ and ‘Neronian hours’. As the writer struggles to reconcile his past paganism with his present, renewed, Catholicism, he goes back and forth between the two, and only at Rome can Wilde find his solution. In a city that exhibits both its paganism and Catholicism to its visitors, Wilde can finally indulge all aspects of his ‘Romanness’ in one place at the same time.
Keyword Wilde (Oscar)
Classical Tradition
Imperial Rome
Religion
Decadence
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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