Religion and Politics: Wilde’s Social Philosophy

  • Jarlath Killeen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)


In previous chapters I have traced Wilde’s anti-mimetic aesthetic and his investment in non-realist traditions. This investment was manifested in a refusal to allow the literal and empirical to overcome the imaginative and the lyrical in his writings. I have shown that Wilde derived much from his parents’ folkloric and literary work, and also from their political commitment to Irish nationalism. It seems important at this point to move to a delineation of the precise nature of Wilde’s own relationship to what we can broadly term ‘political theory’ and investigate what connection this relationship has with the Irish nationalist background I have established as crucial for understanding his literary work.


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  • Jarlath Killeen
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  1. 1.University of KeeleUK

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