Written during Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment at Reading Gaol, "De Profundis" is to a considerable extent the writer’s retrospective manifesto. In this article, I suggest that Wilde’s definition of Christ as the embodiment of “the supreme romantic type” and “the romantic temperament” testifies to his long-lasting attempt at reconciling artistic and ethical concerns within the tenets of Aestheticism. Wilde first posited an explicit connection between the Romantic temperament and Aestheticism in his lecture on “The English Renaissance of Art." However, the writer's views on the Romantic temperament in "De Profundis" give new meaning to his claims on art and morality, on the role of sorrow, and on the importance of pursuing a form of individualism divested of self-interest. Accordingly, Wilde’s last prose writing illuminates his conception of the Romantic spirit from an aesthetic as well as an ethical perspective.

Christ as the “Romantic Artist”: Romanticism and Suffering in De Profundis

canani
2022

Abstract

Written during Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment at Reading Gaol, "De Profundis" is to a considerable extent the writer’s retrospective manifesto. In this article, I suggest that Wilde’s definition of Christ as the embodiment of “the supreme romantic type” and “the romantic temperament” testifies to his long-lasting attempt at reconciling artistic and ethical concerns within the tenets of Aestheticism. Wilde first posited an explicit connection between the Romantic temperament and Aestheticism in his lecture on “The English Renaissance of Art." However, the writer's views on the Romantic temperament in "De Profundis" give new meaning to his claims on art and morality, on the role of sorrow, and on the importance of pursuing a form of individualism divested of self-interest. Accordingly, Wilde’s last prose writing illuminates his conception of the Romantic spirit from an aesthetic as well as an ethical perspective.
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