Intended as a supplement for the production of The Importance of Being Earnest at UMASS, this study guide is a remarkable resource for teaching the play. It includes biographical information, an interview with the director, creative writing prompts, an article on “The Nature of Beauty” and fun facts about costumes and Victorian women stereotypes.
I love this cute web series based on The Importance of Being Earnest because it gives my students the chance to see how they can bring the play to life. The actors do a superb job of mimicking the characters' actions and their creative skits are funny!
The 2002 rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest has a formidable list of actors: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Rupert Everett to name a few. This clip is from Act I and shows the satirization of wealth and power in Victorian London. It is easy for students to decipher the ironic dialogue and chuckle at the ridiculousness of pomp and circumstance
I love this article about Wilde's fame because it compares Wilde to the Kardashians! Wilde was famous for being famous just like the Kardashian women. The article does stress, however, that he was an accomplished writer and brilliant lecturer as well.
I like this site because it includes simple facts about the play, yet also includes links and information that inspire further lessons. For example, it includes a list of epigrams, "Oscarisms." I have my students select one and then either portray it (artistically or dramatically).
I use this documentary every year to begin studying Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being Earnest. Students have the opportunity to hear Wilde's voice and interviews with Wilde's grandson. They will also see where he lived, where he was educated, and where he "played." While reading the play, I often draw students' attention to Wilde's letters that are shared in the video.