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Ibsen's Women

Ibsen's Women

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  • Date Published: May 2001
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2015
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001366

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  • This is the first comprehensive study of the women in Ibsen's plays and their relationship to the women in the life and career of the playwright. Through close critical readings of the Ibsen texts, as well as the examination of such primary sources as letters and personal papers, Joan Templeton discovers how the important figures in his life (his family, wife, and the actresses themselves) influenced and informed the powerful and inspiring characters he created. Templeton also explores the importance of the early plays and their impact on the later works, and establishes some general patterns in Ibsen's general representation of women.

    • The first book to examine the relationship of Ibsen to his women characters and the women in his life
    • Accessible and suitable for students and theatre-goers - can be placed in theatre bookshops
    • Contains valuable illustrations - many never before published
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Joan Templeton's Ibsen's Women is a book to contend with. Templeton is a major Ibsen scholar, and her reading of Ibsen is broad-gauged and inclusive … She exposes the shibboleths and blindspots of mainstream Ibsen criticism, shows how persistently and tendentiously Ibsen has been misread … A tonic revaluation of what a major dramatist actually wrought … A delight to read.' Arnold Weinstein, Scandinavian Studies

    'Ibsen's Women marks a paradigm shift in Ibsen scholarship, moving 'the woman question' from the marginal category of 'as aspect of' to the core of the dramatic oeuvre … This is dazzling close reading, sophisticated, rigorous, poetically informed, surprising, in short, artful. Templeton's command of her material is masterly … A powerful book. The critical canon must make way for it.' Mary Kay Norseng, Ibsen News and Comment

    'Why is A Doll's House not dated? This is one of the questions Joan Templeton answers in this very important book … Her style is witty and graceful and blessedly free of modish critical jargon. Her text is aimed at a wide variety of readers: the undergraduate, the 'general reader', and the serious student of modern drama … Copious and fascinating footnotes.' Barry Jacobs, The Boston Review of Books

    'A goldmine of information … The scope and wide-ranging coverage of this book makes it indispensable reading for anybody wishing to teach or write about Ibsen.' Toril Moi, Ibsen Studies

    'An excellent study.' The Norton Anthology of World Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001366
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.745kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2015
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    Note on translations
    1. Roots
    2. The seminal women of the early career
    3. Love and marriage
    4. Love and the kingdom
    5. The poetry of feminism
    6. Mrs Alving's ghosts
    7. A new woman and three housewives
    8. Taming wild women
    9. The deviant woman as hero: Hedda Gabler
    10. The glories and dangers of the rejuvenating feminine
    11. Women who live for love
    12. The revolt of the muse: when we dead awaken
    In conclusion: Ibsen's women and Ibsen's modernism
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  • Author

    Joan Templeton, Long Island University, New York
    Joan Templeton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Long Island University, Brooklyn Center, New York. Templeton is a noted Ibsen scholar and has also published widely on other modern dramatists. She has coedited an anthology of feminist comparative criticism Reconfigured Spheres: Feminist Explorations of Literary Space (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994), taught extensively in France, and edits Ibsen: News and Comment, the journal of the Ibsen Society of America.

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