The Cambridge Companion to August Strindberg

The Cambridge Companion to August Strindberg

by Michael Robinson
     
 

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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

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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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'This is a high-calibre, manageable collection of essays.' Laura Silverman, WhatsOnStage.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521846042
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Michael Robinson is Professor Emeritus of Drama and Scandinavian Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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