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Ibsen, Scandinavia and the Making of a World Drama

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316638293


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  • Henrik Ibsen's drama is the most prominent and lasting contribution of the cultural surge seen in Scandinavian literature in the later nineteenth century. When he made his debut in Norway in 1850, the nation's literary presence was negligible, yet by 1890 Ibsen had become one of Europe's most famous authors. Contrary to the standard narrative of his move from restrictive provincial origins to liberating European exile, Narve Fulsås and Tore Rem show how Ibsen's trajectory was preconditioned on his continued embeddedness in Scandinavian society and culture, and that he experienced great success in his home markets. This volume traces how Ibsen's works first travelled outside Scandinavia and studies the mechanisms of his appropriation in Germany, Britain and France. Engaging with theories of book dissemination and world literature, and re-assessing the emergence of 'peripheral' literary nations, this book provides new perspectives on the work of this major figure of European literature and theatre.

    • Brings to light new perspectives on Ibsen's origins in Scandinavia and his reception at home and across Europe
    • Engages with wider questions about the literature of 'peripheries' and the emergence of Ibsen's drama into world theatre and literature
    • Introduces readers to new Scandinavian research and primary sources, and addresses underexplored areas of Ibsen studies including economy, markets, copyright, mediation and translation
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    'In this exceptionally informative study, Fulsås and Rem map the remarkable ascending trajectory of Scandinavian literature in general and of Henrik Ibsen in particular that began in the pivotal year 1850 and reached its zenith in the closing decade of the nineteenth century. Recommended.' Choice

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316638293
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.397kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. From stage to page
    2. No escape
    3. Open futures
    4. Nora's exit
    5. The sphinx
    6. European breakthrough
    7. Copyright and circulation
    8. The many Ibsens
    9. The provincial world poet.

  • Authors

    Narve Fulsås, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
    Narve Fulsås is Professor of Modern History at Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway, where his work focuses on Norwegian cultural and intellectual history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has edited Ibsen's letters for the new critical edition, Henrik Ibsens skrifter (2005–10), and is chief editor of the journal Historisk tidsskrift.

    Tore Rem, Universitetet i Oslo
    Tore Rem is Professor of British Literature at Universitetet i Oslo. He has been head of the board of The Centre for Ibsen Studies and has published on Victorian literature, book history, and the early English-language appropriations of Ibsen. He is editor of the new Ibsen editions of the Penguin Classics series.

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