1. Preconditions for Oscar Wilde’s literary style forming and capacity of his plays
1.1. Aestheticism and philosophy of O. Wilde as a basis for his individual literary style
1.2. O. Wilde’s creative genius and his writings
2. Stylistic Features of Oscar Wilde’s Plays
2.1. Definition of style and its peculiarities
2.2. Lexical EM and SD analysis of O. Wilde’s texts
2.3. Syntactical EM and SD analysis of O. Wilde’s plays
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.
Wilde’s power to arouse fantasies in others — and to fulfill them — is seemingly inexhaustible. Everyone has an opinion about Oscar Wilde: his life, style and literature – and all these opinions are very different and contradictory. It is also true that opinions about no other author have been so ill-informed. From the beginning, there appeared to be about O. Wilde something slightly slant. Earlier in the century the fantasies perhaps might have been dispelled. At the end of the XX century and now the same fantasies continued to circulate. So it really impossible to say exactly when O. Wilde became a very important public figure as he is still it: his influence on modern art, literature, philosophy, stylistics and our life in the whole is still very important, essential and many-valued. [Siegel 1996: 32]
It seems rather difficult to go into details with regards to lots of expressive means and stylistic devices in Oscar Wilde’s plays as they are too many, forming his inimitable individual style. As it is known stylistics treats with special means of the language that help us to have vivid and interesting speech and O. Wilde’s plays considered to be a real treasure for stylistic research [Kazantsev 2006: 4]. These facts underline urgency and the importance of the topic of our scientific paper: “Individual Stylistic Features of Oscar Wilde’s Plays”.