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Strindberg and Modernist Theatre
Post-Inferno Drama on the Stage

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039390


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  • This book offers a detailed critical analysis of Strindberg's major works in performance, created after his psychic upheaval, which he called his "Inferno." Ranging from the early productions of Max Reinhardt and Olof Molander to the reinterpretations of Robert Lepage, Robert Wilson, and Ingmar Bergman, the study explores the crucial impact of this dramatist's method of playwriting. Each chapter ends with a section devoted to innovative Strindberg performances on the contemporary stage.

    • An English study on the performance history of Strindberg's groundbreaking expressionist dramas
    • Each chapter ends with a section devoted to innovative Strindberg performance on contemporary stage
    • Carefully documented and illustrated with production photos and designs
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Superb illustrations and an effective discussion of various directors'approaches to [Strindberg's] works.... Recommended." Choice

    "Frederick and Lise-Lone Marker excel at what they do: they create living histories of individual performances. They are indeed so good at what they do that it is probably caviling to note that they do not succeed at proving that "these plays...have had a compelling impact on modernist and postmodernist theatre and theatrical theory" (ix). Nonetheless, Strindberg and Modernist Theatre stands as an important contribution to an understanding of Strindberg's plays as theater." Scandinavian Studies, Marilyn Johns Blackwell, Ohio State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039390
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.269kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Before Inferno: Strindberg and nineteenth-century theatre
    2. Toward a new theatre: To Damascus
    3. A theatre of dreams: A Dream Play
    4. Chamber theatre: The Ghost Sonata
    Select bibliography

  • Authors

    Frederick J. Marker, University of Toronto
    Frederick J. Marker is Professor Emeritus of English and Drama, University of Toronto. Lise-Lone Marker is Professor Emeritus of Theatrical History, University of Toronto. The Markers have published a wide range of books that include A History of Scandinavian Theatre (1996), Ingmar Bergman: A Life in the Theatre, (1992), Ibsen's Lively Art (1989), Ingmar Bergman: Four Decades in the Theatre (1982) Edward Gordon Craig and 'The Pretenders '(1981), and others. Frederick Marker's other books include studies of Hans Andersen, Kjeld Abell, and several editions and translations. Lise-Lone Marker is the author of David Belasco: Naturalism in the American Theatre and many articles and chapters on subjects ranging from Elizabethan acting to Swedish cinema.

    Lise-Lone Marker, University of Toronto

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