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Wilde's IntentionsThe Artist in his Criticism$
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Lawrence Danson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.001.0001

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‘The Truth of Masks’

‘The Truth of Masks’

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(p.60) 3 ‘The Truth of Masks’
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Wilde's Intentions
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Lawrence Danson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.003.0004

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's essay of dramatic theory entitled The Truth of Masks. It discusses a cross-dressed production of As You Like It and a novel about cross-dressing, Mademoiselle de Maupin, which both affected Wilde's way of thinking about the part of the binary he called Illusion. The chapter attempts to explain the message of this essay and provides commentaries on criticisms of this work.

Keywords:   Truth of Masks, Oscar Wilde, essay, dramatic theory, Mademoiselle de Maupin, cross-dressing

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