Norway's Christiania Theatre, 1827-1867: From Danish Showhouse to National Stage (Hardback)
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Norway's Christiania Theatre, 1827-1867: From Danish Showhouse to National Stage (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 01/06/2006
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Norway's struggle to assert an independent cultural and political identity in the nineteenth century was played out with particular fervor at the Christiania Theatre in Christiania (now Oslo). Until the 1860s the Danish actors and directors dominated the Christiania Theatre, and even plays written by Norwegian authors were performed in Danish. This study examines the intellectual campaigns that transformed the Christiania Theatre from a Danish stage into the forerunner of Norway's National Theatre. It focuses on the culture wars between the Norwegian nationalists and the so-called Danomanians in the 1830s; the promotion of the Hegelian and national romantic cultural agenda in the 1840s and 1850s; Bjornson's and Ibsen's rejection of both radical nationalism and the entrenched Danishness of the theater in the 1850s' and Bjornson's ambitious attempt to reform the theater in the mid-1860s. It is illustrated. Ann Schmiesing is an Associate Professor of Scandinavian and German literature and culture at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Publisher: Associated University Presses
ISBN: 9780838641071
Number of pages: 280

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