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Drama Criticism: Wilde: General

Drama Criticism: Wilde: Earnest

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The following are reviews of the original production in 1895; however, they focus primarily on the script and, therefore, are included here.

Shaw Review 1895

Walkley Review 1895

Unsigned Theatre Review 1895

Unsigned Truth Review 1895

Individual Articles

“Satiric Strategy in The Importance of Being Earnest” by Otto Reinert

While great fun, the play skillfully employs satire to examine Victorian society.” PDF Satiric Strategy

“Wilde as Parodist: A Second Look at The Importance of Being Earnest” by Richard Foster

The play must be understood as a parody rather than as farce or comedy of manners. PDF Earnest as Parody

“Synchronicity and the Trickster in The Importance of Being Earnest” by Clifton Snyder

The play is a comic critique of Victorian values. LINK

“Parody, Paradox and Play in The Importance of Being Earnest” by Burkhard Niederhoff

The play employs paradox(es) to parody the conventions of comic writing. LINK