The International Strindberg
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Envisioning and creating this edited volume has been a pleasure from start to finish. Linda Haverty Rugg has been deeply involved from the very beginning, and I am grateful to her for invaluable insights and incisive feedback throughout the process. The book has benefited from the intellectual commitment...
Introduction: The International Strindberg - Anna Westerståhl Stenport
Outside of his native country, August Strindberg (1849–1912) is best known as a playwright. His early naturalist plays are identified with a relentless interest in making the conflicts of the psychological and the domestic “private” shamelessly public. His later dramatic output seems to render a different onstage...
Stockholm—Berlin—Moscow: Strindberg and Avant-Garde Performance in the 1920s - Eszter Szalczer
Strindberg, the playwright, would doubtless reject the theoretical stance that denies the priority of the script relative to its performance and reverses the conventional hierarchy between play-text and performancetext. But Strindberg, the ever-innovative theater artist, came quite close to such a view of his own work when in 1908 he warned August Falck, the young actor-manager of his...
Castration Anxiety and Traumatic Encounters with the Real in the Works of August Strindberg and Lars von Trier - Mads Bunch
It is commonly acknowledged by scholars that August Strindberg has been a source of inspiration for Danish director Lars von Trier, not least due to the many interviews following the release of Antichrist (2009), in which von Trier himself has pointed out the connections to Strindberg.1 It seems, however, that this pertinent influence runs much deeper than what has so far been uncovered...
Reconsidering the Place of Strindberg in Surrealism: André Breton and the Light of the Objective Chance Encounter - Maxime Abolgassemi
André Breton mentions Strindberg’s name in only two places in his oeuvre: one almost insignificant because of its purely anecdotal nature, and the other such an encomium that it is astonishing.1 The first reference to Strindberg concerns the incidents provoked in June 1928 by a band of surrealists led by...
Standing at the Bourne of the Modern: Strindberg’s Ecological Subject in By the Open Sea and His Archipelago Paintings - Linda Haverty Rugg
One hundred years after August Strindberg’s death, the time may have come to consider his work through the prism of ecocriticism, an international theoretical approach that took shape in North America during the 1990s and has been gaining ground and momentum steadily since. To cite ecocritic Cheryll Glotfelty, one...
Paris, Laboratory of Modernity: Modernist Experimentation and August Strindberg’s Search for “the Equation” in Paris - Sylvain Briens
As a writer in his Parisian laboratory, Strindberg places himself in the position of a scientific researcher. As a man of science his discourse is experimental in the sense that Émile Zola gives to this word in his essay from 1890 on The Experimental Novel: “Why does not literature itself become a science, thanks to the experimental method?” (Zola 81). Strindberg shares Zola’s point...
Voices and Visions in Fingal’s Cave: Plato and Strindberg
A Dream Play (Ett Drömspel) was published in 1902, more than a year after it was completed, and first performed with some additions in 1906. It is undoubtedly one of August Strindberg’s masterpieces. The play has become a landmark within European theater history, with every detail of its open and seemingly...
Money Metaphors and Rhetoric of Resource Depletion: Creditors and Late-Nineteenth-Century European Economics
In Strindberg’s works of the 1880s, money is a persistent concern. The short story collectionGetting Married (Giftas I, 1883) outlines a number of domestic conflicts, many of which are centered around personal financial hardship and the allure of often unattainable merchandise consumption. Similar conflicts..
A Nineteenth-Century Long Poem Meets Modernity: Sleepwalking Nights
Sleepwalking Nights on Wide-Awake Days: A Poem in Free Verse (Sömngångarnätter på vakna dagar: En dikt på fria vers, 1884, 1890)1 is one of August Strindberg’s texts that deals most explicitly, both in terms of its form and content, with questions of international late-nineteenthcentury modernity—including aspects of displacement and disjuncture both private and...
By the Open Sea—A Decadent Novel? Reconsidering Relationships Between Nietzsche, Strindberg, and Fin-de-Siècle Culture -
By 1900, Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the most widely read and discussed philosophers in the world. Just one decade before the turn of the century, however, he had been all but totally unknown. Perhaps he was occasionally remembered...
“The Spoken Word Is All”—“Ordet det talade är allt”: Translating Strindberg for the International Stage
“Translation theory” and “Strindberg’s oeuvre” are both vast topics of ongoing and intense exploration. In this chapter I will limit my investigation to the convergence of two specific subfields—theory of translation for the theater on the one hand and Strindberg’s dramatic oeuvre on the other. I will discuss how...
The Art of Doubt: Form, Genre, History in Miss Julie
Miss Julie: A Naturalistic Tragedy. The definition contained in the subtitle to Strindberg’s play has exercised a continuous fascination on the secondary literature, not least, it seems, because the adjective and noun share an uneasy coexistence. If critics such as Madsen (70–98), Harrison (89–90), or Greenway..
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