Art and the Aesthetic of Graphic Novels as Seen in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

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Nicole C. Wolfe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Hephzibah Roskelly

Abstract: Oscar’s views about Art for Art’s Sake were the primary focus of “The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue,” and "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Wilde believed that good art, real art, is a “lie”—it should not be a reflection of life, but rather influence life. In that way, people should make art from their own imaginations rather than what they see in the real world. Since it was first published, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" has been adapted into several other medias including graphic novels. Each graphic novel has a different style of art that all serve the same purpose successfully—to tell the tale of Dorian Gray and his portrait. This essay explores how graphic novels—specifically the adapted versions of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"—are representative of the primary text, as well as how the graphic novel medium provides the avenues necessary for the secondary texts to flourish as “Art for Art’s Sake.”

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2014
aesthetic, age of transition, art, Art for Art’s Sake, comic, comic book, comic books, comics, Dorian Gray, The Decay of Lying, The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue, graphic novel, Graphic Classics, graphic novels, gutter, gutters, icon, icons, imagination, lie, lying, Marvel Illustrated, onomatopoeia, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, speech bubble, sound effects, Victorian, Wilde

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