Henrik Ibsen

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Henrik Ibsen

Writers and their Work


September 1st, 2008

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This new edition of Sally Ledger’s study on Henrik Ibsen includes a renewed bibliography and an expanded critical evaluation. It delivers readings of ten of Ibsen’s best-known plays including A Doll’s House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People and Hedda Gabler. It also survey’s Ibsen’s total dramatic output, carefully situating his plays in his cultural, historical and intellectual contexts. Ibsen played a seminal role in the development of modern European drama at the end of the 19th century. Eschewing the comedies and melodramas of the mainstream theatre of his day, he is best known for his invention of theatrical realism and psychological drama. Ledger’s book traces the theatrical evolution of his plays as well as considering his impact on late-Victorian London, his response to the ‘woman question’, his anticipation of Freudian psychology and his debt to Darwinism.


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Sally Ledger teaches 19th Century Literature at Birkbeck, University of London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title Page 4
Dedication 6
Biographical Outline10
Note on Translations13
1 Ibsenism and A Doll’s House16
2 Ibsen, Realism and ‘Modern’ Drama: From Norwegian Nationalism to Ghosts30
3 Liberalism and its Discontents: Ibsen’s Politics in An Enemy of the People41
4 Ibsen’s Women: The Lady from the Sea, Hedda Gabler and Little Eyolf48
5 Ibsen, Freud and Psychological Drama: Rosmersholm and Peer Gynt 61
6 Beyond Realism: John Gabriel Borkman and When We Dead Awaken70
7 Afterword: Ibsen Now80
Select Bibliography88