Studies in Strindberg

Overview

In this volume Strindberg's accomplishments as a dramatist are set against his achievements in other fields, as an autobiographer, painter, letter writer and theatre director. There are studies of individual plays, in which Strindberg's theatre is related both to naturalism and the theatre of the absurd, and of the role played by his life-long interest in historical drama as a means of mirroring his own experience. Other essays consider the problems posed by Strindberg's preoccupation with converting his own life...
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Overview

In this volume Strindberg's accomplishments as a dramatist are set against his achievements in other fields, as an autobiographer, painter, letter writer and theatre director. There are studies of individual plays, in which Strindberg's theatre is related both to naturalism and the theatre of the absurd, and of the role played by his life-long interest in historical drama as a means of mirroring his own experience. Other essays consider the problems posed by Strindberg's preoccupation with converting his own life into literature and the relationship between his later plays and the musical Expressionism of Schoenberg and Berg as well as the importance he placed on letter-writing as a model for writing of all kinds; these letters are also used to explore his ideas about acting and theatre generally. A recurring concern is with the extraordinary period of mental and emotional turmoil, known as the Inferno Crisis, in which Strindberg refashioned himself as a writer; not least through his ground-breaking work as a painter.

The collection is prefaced by an account of the difficulties Strindberg's works have encountered in their reception in England and concludes with a 'penance for Strindberg' in the form of a wide-ranging study of the nineteenth-century actress that re-examines the concern with character and theatricality of the earlier essays in a new context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909188020
  • Publisher: Ubiquity Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text 7
An Introduction
1 Leaving Gravesend at Last: Introducing Strindberg to England 9
Narrative, Plot and Self
2 Translating the Self 26
3 Life, Plots and Letters 38
4 History and His-Story 55
5 P-aris: Notes for an Unwritten Volume of Strindberg's Autobiography 72
Plots, Plays and Performance
6 Naturalism and the Plot in Creditors 84
7 Prisoners at Play: Form and Meaning in Strindberg's The Dance of Death and Beckett's Endgame 92
8 'Spela den sa att Pontoppidan och Fru Nansen fa blaskatarrh': Strindberg's Correspondence with Actors and Directors 112
From Naturalism to Modernism
9 Towards a New Language: Strindberg's Break with Naturalism 132
10 'New Arts, New Worlds!' Strindberg and Painting 145
11 Strindberg and Musical Expressionism in Vienna 168
A Penance for Strindberg
12 Acting Women, or The Performing Self 187
Notes 209
Index 235
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