Written in French, in line with the stylised performance conventions of the symbolist movement, Salome is unusual in the canon of Oscar Wilde’s dense, dialogue-driven work. While plays such as Lady Windemere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest pile witticism upon witticism with an exhaustive verbal energy, Salome relies on physical stage images and ritualistic, repetitive phrasing for much of its meaning.
Luckily, the famous biblical story that provides the...
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