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Northern Arts: The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art, from Ibsen to Bergman
     

Northern Arts: The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art, from Ibsen to Bergman

by Arnold Weinstein
 

ISBN-10: 0691148244

ISBN-13: 9780691148243

Pub. Date: 11/01/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Northern Arts is a magnificent and provocative exploration of Scandinavian literature and art. With intellectual power and deep emotional insights, writer and critic Arnold Weinstein guides us through the most startling works created by the writers and artists of Scandinavia over the past two centuries.

Here readers will gain new perspectives on canonical

Overview

Northern Arts is a magnificent and provocative exploration of Scandinavian literature and art. With intellectual power and deep emotional insights, writer and critic Arnold Weinstein guides us through the most startling works created by the writers and artists of Scandinavia over the past two centuries.

Here readers will gain new perspectives on canonical giants such as Søren Kierkegaard, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Edvard Munch, Knut Hamsun, and Ingmar Bergman. Readers will also encounter popular favorites like children's writer Astrid Lindgren, and come to know the work of lesser-known masters such as the novelist Tarjei Vesaas and the painters Ernst Josephson and Lena Cronqvist. Weinstein uses the concept of "breakthrough"—boundary smashing, restlessness, and the exploding of traditional forms and values—as a thematic lens through which to expose the roiling energies and violence that course through Scandinavian literature and art. Defying preconceptions of Scandinavian culture as depressive or brooding, Weinstein invites us to imagine anew this transformative and innovative tradition of art that continually challenges ideas about the sacred and the profane, family and marriage, children, patriarchy, and personal identity. Through these works he brings us face-to-face with our most hidden selves and urges, enriching our understanding of the emotions and forces that govern our lives.

Northern Arts is the essential introduction to Scandinavian literature and art, one that illuminates the fierce beauty and breathtaking reach of these incomparable works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148243
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER 1: Introduction 1

CHAPTER 2: Power 10
A. Speaking God: Kierkegaard and Lagerkvist 10
B. The Play of Patriarchy: Ibsen and Strindberg 41
i. Child's Play: The Cradle Song in Strindberg's The Father 45
ii. Metamorphosis in Ibsen's Little Eyolf 74
C. The Powers and the Self: Strindberg's Inferno and Gustafsson's Tennis Players 111

CHAPTER 3: Boundary Smashing 161
A. Going Through the Wall: Shakespeare, Strindberg, Josephson, Bergman 161
B. The Child's Revenge: Kierkegaard, Ibsen, Lindgren, Cronqvist 197
C. Hamsun's Hunger and Writing 246
D. Stories of Fusion: Vesaas's The Ice Palace and Bergman's Persona 273

CHAPTER 4: Graphing Power 313
A. Breakthrough, Time, and Flux in Edvard Munch (the Cubist) 313
B. The Case of Ernst Josephson 352

CHAPTER 5: Concluding the Book 439
Introducing Strindberg the Painter

Notes 461
Index 507

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