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by Katherine Brown Downey

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Katherine Brown Downey
ISBN: 0826416217
ISBN13: 978-0826416216
Language: English
Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (November 3, 2004)
Pages: 192
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That Wilde and Gide made use of biblical material seems to discomfit their critics; that they had done so at a time when biblical drama was prohibited has rarely been . Perverse Midrash is Katherine Brown Downey's, first book.

That Wilde and Gide made use of biblical material seems to discomfit their critics; that they had done so at a time when biblical drama was prohibited has rarely been addressed. Traditional critical treatments seek to smooth over the plays' aberrant qualities. This study takes them seriously as aberrations and investigates Wilde's and Gide's claims that these plays are works of faith, by considering them as participating in the history of biblical drama. She is working on a second about the Victorian-era Anglican cleric . Bibliographic information.

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Oscar Wilde's Salome and Andre Gide's Saul have been considered critically in the traditional contexts of authorial .

Oscar Wilde's Salome and Andre Gide's Saul have been considered critically in the traditional contexts of authorial oeuvre, biography, or "thought. These plays have been treated with embarrassed respect, dealt with only because of the importance of their authors. That Wilde and Gide made use of biblical material seems to discomfit their critics; that they had done so at a time when biblical drama was prohibited has rarely been addressed.

Downey, Katherine Brown. Perverse Midrash: Oscar Wilde, Andre Gide, and Censorship of Biblical Drama. A New Book of the Grotesques: Contemporary Approaches to Sherwood Anderson's Early Fiction. New York: Continuum, 2004. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2005.

Perverse Midrash: Oscar Wilde, André Gide,and Censorship of Biblical Drama. Oscar Wilde's Salome and Andre Gide's Saul have been considered critically in the traditional contexts of authorial oeuvre, biography, or "thought. by Katherine Brown Downey.

Perverse Midrash : Oscar Wilde, André Gide, and censorship of biblical drama by Katherine Brown .

Perverse Midrash : Oscar Wilde, André Gide, and censorship of biblical drama by Katherine Brown Downey( ). Oscar Wilde and modern culture : the making of a legend by Joseph Bristow( ). Oscar Wilde by Donald H Ericksen( Book ). Salome by Richard Strauss( . At Lady Hunstanton's country house party, the quips are dazzling and the company is impeccably sophisticated - but beneath the laconic wit of society's elite is brewing a turbulent drama of social double standards and sexual hypocrisy. Gerald Arbuthnot is a young man on the make, with an American heiress and the post of secretary to the brilliant but dissolute Lord Illingworth within his reach.

Oscar Wilde's Salome and Andre Gide's Saul have been considered critically in the traditional contexts of authorial oeuvre, biography, or "thought." These plays have been treated with embarrassed respect, dealt with only because of the importance of their authors. That Wilde and Gide made use of biblical material seems to discomfit their critics; that they had done so at a time when biblical drama was prohibited has rarely been addressed. Traditional critical treatments seek to smooth over the plays' aberrant qualities. This study takes them seriously as aberrations and investigates Wilde's and Gide's claims that these plays are works of faith, by considering them as participating in the history of biblical drama.

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This book explores a very important issue of modern literature: Censorship and its role in relation to two controversial plays, Oscar Wilde's "Salomé" and Andre Gide's "Saul", though there is a lot more material and discussion on Salome than Saul.
Salomé was written originally in French by Wilde in 1891, rehersals for the production were stoped in 1892 by the lord Chamberlain's office, a censorship remnant from the Protestant Reform that unfortunately lasted until 1968. The play was published in English in 1894 with the famous illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley that are undoubtedly his highest achievement, and had much to do with the fame of the play. England was not to see Salomé produced until 1906 when a private performance was arranged, almost a full decade after Wilde's death (1900). The first public performance in England had to wait until 1931, or forty years and TWO generations after it was written, in France the play was presented in 1896. But even in France the hold of bourgeois aesthetics and moral repression was strong and Gide's "Saul" though written in 1896 was not published till 1906 and had to wait for production till 1922, even if still ahead of English Victorian prudery by almost a generation.
This book is great at tracing the roots of the censorship as related to the presentation of any Biblical material on the English stage. The original censorship which started under Henry VIII, pertained to the fear that Catholicism would be preserved through the enactements of religious dramas which were basically interpretations of the lives of the saints and Biblical dramas that were extremely popular in the Middle Ages. At some point the office of the Lord Chamberlain was obsolete, but it was furious at work during the late 19th century when there was a sudden revival of interest to bring back religious dramas to the stage. This investigation is very thorough and interesting because one can really understand how the censorship aparatus is, and has always been, closely related to power and the manipulation of public opinion.
As the author explains at length, the fear of the censors was not so much that modern productions would 'misinterpret' the Bible, as much as it was that they would reveal that the 'perversity' was already there from the beginning, a most interesting argument which she details with very pertinent and accurate emphasis on the translations from the orinal languages of the Bible.
A stimulating book that not only explains a lot of the repressive tendencies of the period, but makes one want to know, and learn more about the subject of censorship.
Gavikelv
Dr. Downey confronts the little-understood censorship of Biblical drama that continued into the twentieth century. She has done immense research and synthesized it well. Read her book!
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