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Criticism and other interpretations for
`The Picture of Dorian Gray'
"Dorian was a monster quite opposite to the benign Elephant Mad; he was beautiful on the outside
and ugly within". Barbara T. Gates, Professor of English at the University of Delaware.
"...a poisonous book, the atmosphere of which is heavy with the mephitic odours of moral and
spiritual putrefaction". London's Daily Chronicle in 1890.
"Why is it so relevant? What does it say to you? For me, I could not stop thinking about how every
generation prizes youth and beauty". `Dorian Gray ­ Why is this book still so relevant?' by Rosita
Bolan in The Irish Times in 2010.
"Revised after it was condemned in the British press over 130 years ago as `vulgar', `unclean',
`poisonous' and `discreditable'...". Alison Flood from The Guardian in 2011.
"'The Picture of Dorian Gray' written by Oscar Wilde in the late 1800s, reflects and comments on
society holding true until today". Liat Meyer.
"Some novelists, often male, work within the female Gothic tradition of the heroine imprisoned
within the home or some substitute institution". The Victorian Gothic-Punter and Byron.
"The focus is usually on the middle classes, and on exposing what underlies the surfaces of the
supposedly civilised and respectable world". The Gothic-David Punter and Glennis Byron.
"That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it, and sometimes puts one
in the pillory for it". Oscar Wilde's speech from the dock in 1895.
Queer theory assumes that people act a gender instead of being a `woman' or a `man'. They choose
to perform in a masculine or feminine way.
"It makes no explicit disjunction between these two models of masculinity; rather, it formally
exposes an aesthetic representation of the male body and the material, emotional, sexual male body
itself". Ed Cohen in 1987.


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