The Importance of Being Earnest | Critical Essay by Geoffrey Stone

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of The Importance of Being Earnest.
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Critical Essay by Geoffrey Stone

SOURCE: Stone, Geoffrey. “Serious Bunburyism: The Logic of The Importance of Being Earnest.Essays in Criticism 26, no. 1 (January 1976): 28-41.

In the following essay, Stone examines the metalinguistic aspects of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

A meta-language is a language you use to deal with given statements and their relations with actual facts. ‘In order to speak about the correspondence between a statement S and a fact F, we need a language (a metalanguage) in which we can speak about the statement S and state the fact F’ (Popper, Objective Knowledge, p. 316). Analogically the concept of meta-language can be extended into literature by differentiating between an actual and an implied statement or word-set. Meta-activity is occurring when actual and implied word-sets and the reality they both claim to relate to are being dealt with...

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