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Henrik Ibsen's plays came at a pivotal moment in late nineteenth-century European modernity. They engaged his public through a strategic use of metaphors of house and home, which resonated with experiences of displacement, philosophical homelessness, and exile. The most famous of these metaphors - embodied by the titles of his plays A Doll's House, Pillars of Society, and The Master Builder - have entered into mainstream Western thought in ways that mask the full force of the reversals Ibsen performed on notions of architectural space. Analyzing literary and performance-related reception materials from Ibsen's lifetime, Mark B. Sandberg concentrates on the interior dramas of the playwright's prose-play cycle, drawing also on his selected poems. Sandberg's close readings of texts and cultural commentary present the immediate context of the plays, provide new perspectives on them for international readers, and reveal how Ibsen became a master of the modern uncanny.Read more
- Examines the architectural discourse created by Ibsen and his contemporaries, translating original sources into English for the first time
- Positions Ibsen as a theoretician of the home and gives a thorough, focused treatment of the use of architectural metaphor in his plays
- Identifies Ibsen as a key contributor to the development of the modern uncanny in the context of late nineteenth-century theater history
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- Publication planned for: April 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108458108
- length: 236 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
- contains: 16 b/w illus.
- availability: Not yet published - available from
Table of Contents
1. Ibsen's uncanny
2. Facades unmasked
3. Home and house
4. The tenacity of architecture
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