publication . Other literature type . Article . 2009

The Gay Artist as Tragic Hero in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Henry Alley;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2009
  • Publisher: Purdue University
  • Country: United States
Abstract
In his article "The Gay Artist as Tragic Hero in The Picture of Dorian Gray" Henry M. Alley discusses the central artistic figure in Oscar Wilde's novel, Basil Hallward. As the novel's tragic protagonist, he commands the most pity and fear and serves as the most dynamic member of the dramatis personae. Alley contextualizes his discussion within Aristotle's Poetics, contemporary criticism, as well as Wilde's own comments. In addition, Alley looks at Hallward's attempt to hide or censor his gay feelings as parallel to Wilde's struggle with the various versions of the novel. Nevertheless, the characterization of Hallward celebrates the possible harmony between mora...
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free text keywords: comparative literature, Arts and Humanities, Critical and Cultural Studies, Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Art history, Literature, business.industry, business, Tragic hero, Gray (unit)
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2009

The Gay Artist as Tragic Hero in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Henry Alley;