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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060304.

Dandyism in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest


Li Li

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Li Li

Hexi University, Zhangye, 734000, Gansu, China


In this essay, taking one of Oscar Wilde’s plays “The Importance of Being Earnest” as the research object, the perspective of discourse analysis will be employed. The aim is to discuss and analyze how dandyism is embodied in the characters’ language and actions that engraved in diverse characters in “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Besides, the pragmatic use of elaborate politeness that facilitates to demonstrate and critique Victorian dandyism and social conventions will be presented.


Dandyism, Discourse analysis, Earnest, Individualism

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Li Li. Dandyism in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 18-22. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060304.


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