“The Canterville Ghost”:
- relationship to the gothic
- look up subtitle “hylo-idealism” and think about its possible relationship to story
- portrayal of Americans vs. the British
- role of irony and humor here
- role of the ghost
- theme of old/new, tradition/presentism, role of class and capital
- What “serious” points seem to be made in this story, despite (or through) its humor, and what are they?
- Can we compare the ghost to the artist (in Wilde’s prose poem “The Artist”)? How so (or not)?
“The Remarkable Rocket”:
- a fairy tale–how is it one, how is it not a typical one?
- what “serious” points are made in this story, despite (or through) its humor, and what are they about?
- comparison with “The Canterville Ghost” on points of irony/humor, and also on serious aspects
- individualism, artificiality
- realism vs. illusion
- “the remarkable rocket” as an artist, a dandy, or deluded and naive dreamer? How so (or not)?
- Can we compare the rocket to the artist (in prose poem “The Artist”)? How so (or not)?