The Cambridge Companion to August Strindberg

The Cambridge Companion to August Strindberg

by Michael Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 052160852X

ISBN-13: 9780521608527

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

August Strindberg is one of the most enduring of nineteenth-century dramatists, and is also an internationally recognised novelist, autobiographer, and painter. This Companion presents contributions by leading international scholars on different aspects of Strindberg's highly colourful life and work. The essays focus primarily on his most celebrated plays; these…  See more details below

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August Strindberg is one of the most enduring of nineteenth-century dramatists, and is also an internationally recognised novelist, autobiographer, and painter. This Companion presents contributions by leading international scholars on different aspects of Strindberg's highly colourful life and work. The essays focus primarily on his most celebrated plays; these include the Naturalist Dramas, The Father and Miss Julie; the experimental dramas with which he created a true modernist theatre – To Damascus and A Dream Play; and the Chamber Plays of 1908 which, like so much of his work, exerted a powerful influence on much later twentieth-century drama. His plays are contextualised for what they contribute both to the history of drama and developments in theatre practice, and other essays clarify the enormous importance to these dramas of his other work, most notably the autobiographical novel Inferno, and his lifelong interest in science, the occult, sexual politics, and the visual arts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521608527
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology; List of Strindberg's works in Swedish and English; Part I. The Biographical and Cultural Context; 1. August Strindberg: the art and science of self-dramatization LINDA HAVERTY RUGG; 2. Strindberg and the woman question MARGARETHA FAHLGREN; Part II. The Works: 3. Learning to speak: Strindberg and the novel ULF OLSSON; 4. The Son of a Servant and the autobiographical fictions PER STOUNBJERG; 5. Miss Julie, naturalism, 'The Battle of the Brains', and sexual desire ROSS SHIDELER; 6. Strindberg and comedy HANS-GÖRAN EKMAN; 7. Crisis and change: Strindberg the unconscious modernist GÖRAN STOCKENSTRÖM; 8. A modernist dramaturgy: A Dream Play and The Dance of Death ESZTER SALCZER; 9. The chamber plays LYNN R. WILKINSON; 10. The history plays MATTHEW H. WIKANDER; Part III. Performance and Legacy: 11. Strindberg in the theatre FREDERICK AND LISE-LONE MARKER; 12. Bergman's Strindberg EGIL TÖRNQVIST; 13. Strindberg and modern drama: some lines of influence FREDDIE ROKEM; Bibliography.

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