Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900 (Hardback)
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Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900 (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/09/1997
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Best known as the author of such plays as A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen is one of the most influential figures of modern drama. This book takes Ibsen as a case study for an exploration of early modernist theatre in theory and practice, in text and performance. Modern drama has its roots in the theatrical activity across Europe during the 1880s and 1890s-the period when Ibsen's plays were first being produced in England and France, often by avant-garde or experimental theatrical groups. This study focuses on four of Ibsen's plays and their reception in England and France in the 1890s, specifically in the context of cross-cultural understanding, translation, and the diffusion of ideas. It encompasses performance history, textual and translation analysis in several languages, and theatrical criticism. The main contribution of this study lies in the provision of a better understanding of Ibsen's central role in the radical artistic movements of the period, and particularly in locating the basis for an early modernist theatre in the new wave Ibsen created internationally. His immediate impact on the French Symbolist theatre movement, for example, meant that its avant-garde leaders embraced Ibsen's works as an important exposition of their own radical ideas. Through close cross-cultural exchange, plays like Rosmersholm and The Master Builder, which were heralded as explicitly symbolist in France, helped condition the critical reaction to Ibsen as a symbolist playwright in England as well, and directly influenced the development of the theatre in that direction, however briefly.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313304101
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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"Rich with references to primary documents of the decade (reviews, essays, letters, and speeches), the study succeeds very well in restoring Ibsen's reputation as a "subversive" dramatist. The comparisons of British and French reactions are especially illuminating of the range of traditional and avant-garde cultural values. This is a valuable contribution to Ibsen studies and to cultural studies of Europe. Extensive notes, substantial bibliography of primary and secondary material. Recommended for all collections serving upper-division undergraduates through faculty."-Choice
"Shepherd-Barr's introduction should prove illuminating to anyone interested in the history of modernism....Any teacher or scholar of modernist drama will find Shepherd-Barr's book excellent reading."-Seminar
?Shepherd-Barr's introduction should prove illuminating to anyone interested in the history of modernism....Any teacher or scholar of modernist drama will find Shepherd-Barr's book excellent reading.?-Seminar
?Rich with references to primary documents of the decade (reviews, essays, letters, and speeches), the study succeeds very well in restoring Ibsen's reputation as a "subversive" dramatist. The comparisons of British and French reactions are especially illuminating of the range of traditional and avant-garde cultural values. This is a valuable contribution to Ibsen studies and to cultural studies of Europe. Extensive notes, substantial bibliography of primary and secondary material. Recommended for all collections serving upper-division undergraduates through faculty.?-Choice

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