Ibsen's Selected Plays

Ibsen's Selected Plays Henrik Ibsen Brian Johnston
  • Title: Ibsen's Selected Plays
  • Author: Henrik Ibsen Brian Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780393924046
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ibsen's Selected Plays Henrik Ibsen Brian Johnston Ibsen s Selected Plays The Norton Critical Edition includes five major plays spanning Ibsen s long career in recent translations by Brian Johnston Peer Gynt The Wild Duck and The Master Builder and Brian Johnston and Rick
    The Norton Critical Edition includes five major plays spanning Ibsen s long career in recent translations by Brian Johnston Peer Gynt, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder and Brian Johnston and Rick Davis A Doll House and Hedda Gabler The translation of Peer Gynt appears for the first time in this Norton Critical Edition Backgrounds gives students an understandingThe Norton Critical Edition includes five major plays spanning Ibsen s long career in recent translations by Brian Johnston Peer Gynt, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder and Brian Johnston and Rick Davis A Doll House and Hedda Gabler The translation of Peer Gynt appears for the first time in this Norton Critical Edition Backgrounds gives students an understanding of Ibsen s creative process with selections from his correspondence and other writings Twenty seven documents have been collected and arranged by play, with a section of autobiographical writings at the end Ibsen s plays continue to provoke diverse commentary Criticism includes nineteen of the most important responses to Ibsen s work, among them essays by Bernard Shaw, Sandra Saari, E M Forster, Hugh Kenner, and Joan Templeton A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
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    1. Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama He is often referred to as the father of modern drama Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe and any challenge to them was considered immoral and outrageous Ibsen s work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was disquieting to many contemporaries.Ibsen largely founded the modern stage by introducing a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality Victorian era plays were expected to be moral dramas with noble protagonists pitted against darker forces every drama was expected to result in a morally appropriate conclusion, meaning that goodness was to bring happiness, and immorality pain Ibsen challenged this notion and the beliefs of his times and shattered the illusions of his audiences.


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    1. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like Ibsen s plays at least, those in this volume , although they are rather bleak I didn t find them depressing or cautionary but rather just sort of nihilistic I m sure there are certain cautions we can read into these plays, lessons to be learned, but I don t think that s what Ibsen intended I like what Forster had to say about him from the criticism in the back of this volume that if his characters were ever happy or content, those things disappeared [...]

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    2. The first time I heard of Ibsen as a playwright was in a movie from the 80s called Educating Rita He was material found on syllabi of world lit courses His plays were written in the late 19th century but were quite ahead of his time He captures the angst and displacement of modernity in his characters Peer Gynt and a Doll s house, and Hedda Gabler are his most famous plays in the U.S I think I would love to see performances of these plays.

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    3. peer gynt was weird the rest was alright

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