Oscillating Utopias

Oscar Wilde and the Utopian Discourse of Metamodernism

Authors

  • Anamarija Šporčič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/an.56.1-2.251-267

Keywords:

utopia, Oscar Wilde, aestheticism, metamodernism, oscillation

Abstract

The paper focuses on two literary periods located at opposite ends of the twentieth century and examines the relationship between utopian ideas of Victorian fin de siècle and the re-emergence of utopian desires within a metamodernist context. The two periods discussed, while separated by a century of what is typically understood as progress, are both permeated by impending change and in dire need of alternatives to their respective forms of capitalism, making the appearance of utopian discourse almost inevitable. While their understanding of utopia certainly differs in many aspects, I will argue that they both recognize its oscillatory potential and neither focuses on bare facilitation of escapism or provision of blueprints, instead consciously employing hope-based utopian impulses as a method and a process by means of which various alternatives can be continuously investigated.

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08.12.2023

How to Cite

Šporčič, A. (2023). Oscillating Utopias: Oscar Wilde and the Utopian Discourse of Metamodernism. Acta Neophilologica, 56(1-2), 251–267. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.56.1-2.251-267

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From Ethical Aspects of Literature to Literary Historical Studies in an Intercultural Context