Ibsen And Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900

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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 ...

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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.

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Focuses on the period of greatest controversy surrounding Ibsen in England and France, and on four of his plays that made the most immediate and lasting impact on his reception in these two countries. Concentrates on British interpretations of and reactions to Ibsen, with France as a backdrop. Works discussed are A Doll's House, Rosmersholm, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

KIRSTEN SHEPHERD-BARR is Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she specializes in modern drama.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Cross-Cultural Contexts: Ibsen's Modernism and the Theatre in England and France 1
Ch. 1 A Doll's House on Stage in London and Paris 21
Ch. 2 A Doll's House and La Maison de Poupee: A Case Study in Translation 37
Ch. 3 Rosmersholm: Toward New Realms of Art 59
Ch. 4 Worlds Apart: Hedda Gabler on Stage in London and Paris 91
Ch. 5 The Master Builder: 'An Ibsen within an Ibsen' 117
Conclusion: The Concept of Early Modernist Theatre in Theory and Practice 147
Bibliography 177
Index 193
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