Although in recent years scholars have developed a distinct interest in
the gender perceptions of Oscar Wilde, very little attention has been
devoted to the way in which the author depicts masculinities, particularly
in his comedies. This essay explores Wilde's treatment of the figures
of the Dandy and the Gentleman, the Jatter of which has been
largely ignored in Wilde studies. It shows that, throughout his comedies,
Wilde subverts the traditional images of Victorian masculinity normally
endorsed by nineteenth-century melodrama.