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[Language during the Victorian age] “Earnest was slang of the period for “gay”. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s play, takes on another strand of meaning. There are learned theses about this play which deconstruct it as a perfectly disguised description of the place of homosexuals in Victorian society. Sometimes there seems to be hard proof. Jack and Algernon consume muffins: apparently  the brighter portion of the audience would know that “a muffin” was also a gay man, especially a cute one.

Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure of English. 

E la perdita di senso nella traduzione italiana L’importanza di chiamarsi Ernesto.

Pubblicato il 13/3/2011 alle 18.5 nella rubrica Arte, Letteratura, Musica, Poesia.

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